Frequent calcium oscillations lead to NFAT activation in human immature dendritic cells

Vukcevic, Mirko and Zorzato, Francesco and Spagnoli, Giulio and Treves, Susan. (2010) Frequent calcium oscillations lead to NFAT activation in human immature dendritic cells. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 285 (21). pp. 16003-16011.

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Spontaneous Ca(2+) oscillations have been observed in a number of excitable and non-excitable cells, but in most cases their biological role remains elusive. In the present study we demonstrate that spontaneous Ca(2+) oscillations occur in immature human monocyte-derived dendritic cells but not in dendritic cells stimulated to undergo maturation with lipopolysaccharide or other toll like-receptor agonists. We investigated the mechanism and role of spontaneous Ca(2+) oscillations in immature dendritic cells and found that they are mediated by the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor as they were blocked by pretreatment of cells with the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor antagonist Xestospongin C and 2-aminoethoxydiphenylborate. A component of the Ca(2+) signal is also due to influx from the extracellular environment and may be involved in maintaining the level of the intracellular Ca(2+) stores. As to their biological role, our results indicate that they are intimately linked to the "immature" phenotype and are associated with the translocation of the transcription factor NFAT into the nucleus. In fact, once the Ca(2+) oscillations are blocked with 2-aminoethoxydiphenylborate or by treating the cells with lipopolysaccharide, NFAT remains cytoplasmic. The results presented in this report provide novel insights into the physiology of monocyte-derived dendritic cells and into the mechanisms involved in maintaining the cells in the immature stage.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedizin > Department of Biomedicine, University Hospital Basel > Oncology Surgery (Spagnoli)
UniBasel Contributors:Spagnoli, Giulio C.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Society of Biological Chemists
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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