Alarmin function of cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide ll37 through il-36γ induction in human epidermal Keratinocytes

Na Li, Kenshi Yamasaki, Rumiko Saito, Sawako Fukushi-Takahashi, Ryoko Shimada-Omori, Masayuki Asano, Setsuya Aiba

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Several dermatoses, Including psoriasis, Atopic dermatitis, And rosacea, Alter the expression of the innate immune effector human cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP). To elucidate the roles of aberrant CAMP in dermatoses, we performed cDNA array analysis in CAMP-Stimulated human epidermal keratinocytes, The primary cells responding to innate immune stimuli and a major source of CAMP LL37 in skin. Among LL37-Inducible genes, IL-1 cluster genes, Particularly IL36G, Are of interest because we observed coordinate increases in CAMP and IL-36γ in the lesional skin of psoriasis, Whereas virtually no CAMP or IL-36γ was observed in nonlesional skin and normal skin. The production and release of IL-36γ were up to 20-30 ng/ml in differentiated keratinocytes cultured in high-Calcium media. G-protein inhibitor pertussis toxin and p38 inhibitor suppressed IL-36γ induction by LL37. As an alarmin, LL37 induces chemokines, Including CXCL1, CXCL8/IL8, CXCL10/IP-10, and CCL20/MIP3a, And IL- 36 (10-100 ng/ml) augments the production of these chemokines by LL37. Pretreatment with small interfering RNA against IL36g and IL-36R IL36R/IL1RL2 and IL1RAP suppressed LL37-Dependent IL8, CXCL1, CXCL10/IP10, and CCL20 production in keratinocytes, Suggesting that the alarmin function of LL37 was partially dependent on IL-36γ and its receptors. Counting on CAMP induction in innate stimuli, Such as in infection and wounding, IL-36γ induction by cathelicidin would explain the mechanism of initiation of skin inflammation and occasional exacerbations of psoriasis and skin diseases by general infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5140-5148
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 15


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