Mattana, Antonella and Cappai, Valentina and Alberti, Luisa and Serra, Caterina and Fiori, Pier Luigi and Cappuccinelli, Pietro Antonio (2002) ADP and other metabolites released from Acanthamoeba castellanii lead to human monocytic cell death through apoptosis and stimulate the secretion of proinflammatory cytokines. Infection and Immunity, Vol. 70 (8), p. 4424-4432. eISSN 1098-5522. Article.
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Monocytes/macrophages are thought to be involved in Acanthamoeba infections. The aim of this work was to study whether soluble metabolites (ADP and other compounds) released by Acanthamoeba castellanii trophozoites could induce morphological and biochemical changes in human monocytic cells in vitro. We demonstrate here that ADP constitutively released in the medium by A. castellanii, interacting with specific P2y2 purinoceptors expressed on the monocytic cell membrane, caused a biphasic rise in [Ca2+]i, morphological changes characteristics of cells undergoing apoptosis, caspase-3 activation, and secretion of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α). The same results were found in monocytes exposed to purified ADP. Cell damage and TNF-α release induced by amoebic ADP were blocked by the P2y2 inhibitor suramin. Other metabolites contained in amoebic cell-free supernatants, with molecular masses of, respectively, >30 kDa and between 30 and 10 kDa, also caused morphological modifications and activation of intracellular caspase-3, characteristics of programmed cell death. Nevertheless, mechanisms by which these molecules trigger cell damage appeared to differ from that of ADP. In addition, other amoebic thermolable metabolites with molecular masses of <10 kDa caused the secretion of interleukin-1β. These findings suggest that pathogenic free-living A. castellanii by release of ADP and other metabolites lead to human monocytic cell death through apoptosis and stimulate the secretion of proinflammatory cytokines.
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