A functional study on CysLT1 receptors in human eosinophils

Nobuharu Ohshima, Hiroyuki Nagase, Takeshi Koshino, Misato Miyamasu, Masao Yamaguchi, Koichi Hirai, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Takao Fujisawa, Naoki Nakagawa, Katsuya Kishikawa, Yutaka Morita

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Background: The cysteinyl leukotrienes (CysLTs) mediate their biological actions through two receptors: CysLT1 receptor and CysLT2 receptor. Objective: This study was undertaken to examine the direct effects of CysLTs on eosinophils, such as chemotaxis and degranulation, focusing on CysLT1. Methods: Eosinophils were isolated from venous blood from normal volunteers who had no history of allergy (purity >99%). They were subjected to reverse transcription-PCR analysis and flow-cytometric analysis for CysLT1. Binding assays were performed with [3H]LTD4. Purified eosinophils loaded with Fura-2 acetoxymethyl ester were stimulated with CysLTs, and Ca2+ influx was measured. Eosinophil migration in response to CysLTs was measured using a 96-well multi-well Boyden chamber. Eosinophils were treated with LTD4 at 10-6 M for 60 min followed by incubation for 4 h at 37°C in the presence or absence of IL-5 and eosinophil-derived neurotoxin (EDN) release was evaluated. Results: The expression of the mRNA and protein of CysLT1 on eosinophils and [3H]LTD4-specific binding to eosinophils were observed. Neither Th1 cytokine (IFN-γ) nor Th2 cytokines (IL-4 or IL-5) affected CysLT1 expression in eosinophils. CysLTs induced an increase in intracellular free Ca2+ in eosinophils via CysLT1, as suggested by the efficient inhibition by a CysLT1 antagonist, pranlukast, in addition to the rank order of potency being LTD4, LTC4 and LTE4. LTD4 stimulated eosinophils to migrate at 10-6 M via CysLT1. LTE4 also induced significant eosinophil migration at 10-6 M. LTD4 enhanced EDN release induced by IL-5 via CysLT1. Conclusion: CysLTs induce migration and enhance degranulation in eosinophils via CysLT1. Accordingly, interaction of CysLTs and CysLT1 on eosinophils has the potential to play a prominent role in the pathophysiology of asthma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-75
Number of pages9
JournalInternational archives of allergy and immunology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Bronchial asthma
  • Cainflux
  • CysLT receptor
  • Cysteinyl leukotrienes
  • Eosinophil
  • Eosinophil-derived neurotoxin
  • IL-5
  • Migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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