Thyroxine (T4) and reverse triiodothyronine are potent inhibitors of brown adipose T4 5'-deiodinase (BAT 5'D). This effect does not require protein synthesis and is due to an acceleration of the rate of disappearance of the enzyme. Growth hormone (GH) also inhibits BAT 5'D but by a mechanism mediated through a long-lived messenger that correlates with growth rate. This explains the failure of BAT 5'D to increase abruptly after thyroidectomy as does the type II 5'-deiodinase in pituitary and central nervous system or the BAT 5'D itself after hypophysectomy. Although virtually inactive when given acutely, triiodothyronine replacement partially reduces BAT 5'D in hypophysectomized and thyroidectomized (Tx) animals probably as a result of improvement of systemic hypothyroidism and an increase in GH levels in the Tx rats. The fine balance between these inhibitory factors and the stimulatory effects of the sympathetic nervous system suggests an important physiologic role for the enzyme in this tissue.
J E Silva, P R Larsen
We evaluated CD2 (E rosette) and CD3 (T3)-triggered activation of resting lymphocytes by measuring the intracellular free calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) of individual cells. The [Ca2+]i of indo-1-loaded cells was measured by flow cytometry and responses were correlated with cell surface phenotype. Stimulation with anti-CD3 antibody caused an increase in [Ca2+]i in greater than 90% of CD3+ cells within 1 min, and furthermore, the response was restricted to cells bearing the CD3 marker. In contrast, stimulation of cells with anti-CD2 antibodies produced a biphasic response pattern with an early component in CD3- cells and a late component in CD3+ cells. Thus, the CD2 response does not require cell surface expression of CD3. In addition, stimulation of a single CD2 epitope was sufficient for activation of CD3- cells, whereas stimulation of two CD2 epitopes was required for activation of CD3+ cells. Both the CD2 and CD3 responses were diminished in magnitude and duration by EGTA. However, approximately 50% of T cells still had a brief response in the presence of EGTA, indicating that the increased [Ca2+]i results in part from intracellular calcium mobilization, and furthermore demonstrates that extracellular calcium is required for a full and sustained response. Our results support the concept that CD2 represents the trigger for a distinct pathway of activation both for T cells that express the CD3 molecular complex and for large granular lymphocytes that do not.
C H June, J A Ledbetter, P S Rabinovitch, P J Martin, P G Beatty, J A Hansen
The neutrophil has been implicated as an important mediator of vascular injury, especially after endotoxemia. This study examines neutrophil-mediated injury to human microvascular endothelial cells in vitro. We found that neutrophils stimulated by formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (FMLP), the complement fragment C5a, or lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (1-1,000 ng/ml) alone produced minimal endothelial injury over a 4-h assay. In contrast, neutrophils incubated with endothelial cells in the presence of low concentrations of LPS (1-10 ng/ml) could then be stimulated by FMLP or C5a to produce marked endothelial injury. Injury was maximal at concentrations of 100 ng/ml LPS and 10(-7) M FMLP. Pretreatment of neutrophils with LPS resulted in a similar degree of injury, suggesting that LPS effects were largely on the neutrophil. Endothelial cell injury produced by LPS-exposed, FMLP-stimulated neutrophils had a time course similar to that induced by the addition of purified human neutrophil elastase, and different from that induced by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Further, neutrophil-mediated injury was not inhibited by scavengers of a variety of oxygen radical species, and occurred with neutrophils from a patient with chronic granulomatous disease, which produced no H2O2. In contrast, the specific serine elastase inhibitor methoxy-succinyl-alanyl-alanyl-prolyl-valyl-chloromethyl ketone inhibited 63% of the neutrophil-mediated injury and 64% of the neutrophil elastase-induced injury. However, neutrophil-mediated injury was not inhibited significantly by 50% serum, 50% plasma, or purified alpha 1 proteinase inhibitor. These results suggest that, in this system, chemotactic factor-stimulated human neutrophil injury of microvascular endothelial cells is enhanced by small amounts of LPS and may be mediated in large part by the action of neutrophil elastase.
L A Smedly, M G Tonnesen, R A Sandhaus, C Haslett, L A Guthrie, R B Johnston Jr, P M Henson, G S Worthen
The mechanism whereby glucocorticosteroids are immunosuppressive is unknown. One potential mechanism of action of these compounds is inhibition of arachidonic acid metabolism. We found that the inhibition of lymphocyte proliferation by hydrocortisone or dexamethasone was mimicked by nonspecific lipoxygenase inhibitors and also by a specific 5-lipoxygenase inhibitor, but not by a specific cyclooxygenase inhibitor. Mitogen-stimulated cultures of T cells produce approximately 5 X 10(-9) M leukotriene B4 (LTB4) in 24 h. This production of LTB4 is completely inhibited by concentrations of hydrocortisone or lipoxygenase inhibitors that inhibit mitogen-induced [3H]thymidine incorporation. The inhibition of lymphocyte proliferation by either hydrocortisone or by the 5-lipoxygenase inhibitor was totally reversed by LTB4 but not by leukotriene C4 or leukotriene D4. LTB4 had no effect on the inhibition of lymphocyte proliferation by noncorticosteroids such as prostaglandin E2, histamine, or gamma-interferon. The inhibition of interleukin 2 (IL-2) production by hydrocortisone or dexamethasone was also completely reversed by exogenous LTB4. LTB4 alone did not cause IL-2 production or cell proliferation when added to resting lymphocytes. Thus, endogenous LTB4 production appears to be necessary but not sufficient for phytohemagglutinin-induced IL-2 production and lymphocyte proliferation. Glucocorticosteroids inhibit IL-2 production and lymphocyte proliferation by inhibiting endogenous LTB4 production.
J S Goodwin, D Atluru, S Sierakowski, E A Lianos
Structural relationships between colonic mucin species were assessed using a library of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) directed against purified human colonic mucin (HCM). After immunization of mice with purified mucin from normal human colonic mucosa, 14% of 1,920 fusion products screened were positive for anti-HCM activity in a solid-phase assay. Patterns of selective binding by hybridomas to six discrete HCM species (I-VI) separated by DEAE-cellulose chromatography suggested the presence of both shared and species-specific antigenic determinants among HCM species I-VI. 23 anti-HCMs MAbs (7 IgM, 7 IgG1, and 9 IgG2) demonstrating a range of anti-HCM species specificities, were produced and used to study structural relationships between mucin species. Binding of various mucin species by individual anti-HCM MAbs was shown by competitive solid-phase radioimmunoassay to reflect the presence of identical epitopes on the different species. Adsorption of HCM species on a variety of affinity resins prepared with anti-HCM MAbs demonstrated that binding to multiple mucin species by a single MAb was related to intrinsic structural determinants. Four anti-HCM MAbs recognized protease-sensitive antigenic structures, which suggests that they may be directed to core HCM proteins. 12 of the anti-HCM MAbs were shown by solid-phase assay to recognize either complete (n = 5) or partial (n = 7) isolated colonic mucin oligosaccharide side chains of defined structure. Collectively, these data show the presence of both shared and unique antigenic structural determinants among colonic mucin species. Chromatographic heterogeneity of mucin glycoproteins seems to be related to the existence of biologically significant subclasses in the normal human colon.
D K Podolsky, D A Fournier, K E Lynch
We studied glycoprotein content of human colonic goblet cells, using a library of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) directed against purified human colonic mucin (HCM). Using indirect immunofluorescence (IIF), we found that 17 of 23 anti-HCM MAbs stained some or all goblet cells of normal human colonic mucosa. We observed a variety of cellular staining patterns, including (a) diffuse (homogeneous) staining of intracellular mucin, (b) speckled (inhomogeneous) staining of mucin droplets, (c) peripheral staining of intracellular droplets, (d) cytoplasmic staining of goblet cells, and (e) apical (luminal) surface staining. Staining patterns were not associated with particular HCM species. In addition to variable patterns of IIF within individual cells, anti-HCM MAbs varied in the proportion of goblet cells stained. Some MAbs stained all goblet cells, while others stained a limited number of goblet cells. Although each goblet cell contained more than one type mucin, HCM species III, and IV and V appeared to exist in mutually exclusive goblet cell populations and it was possible to define at least seven subpopulations of goblet cells in colonic mucosa by their content of various combinations of HCM species. Anti-HCM MAbs stained goblet cells from other sites within the gastrointestinal tract to a varying extent. Anti-HCM MAbs also showed extensive cross-reactivity with rodent, rabbit, and monkey colonic mucosa. However, several anti-HCM MAbs stained only human colonic mucosa. These data show that human colonic mucosa contains discrete subpopulations of goblet cells that produce distinctive combinations of specific mucin glycoprotein species.
D K Podolsky, D A Fournier, K E Lynch
We have studied three afibrinogenemic patients, who had only trace amounts of plasma and platelet fibrinogen as measured by radioimmunoassay, and demonstrate here that the residual aggregation observed in their platelet-rich plasma is dependent upon von Willebrand factor (vWF) binding to the platelet membrane glycoprotein (GP)IIb/IIIa complex. The abnormality of aggregation was more pronounced when ADP, rather than thrombin, collagen, or the combination of ADP plus adrenaline was used to stimulate platelets. With all stimuli, nevertheless, the platelet response was completely inhibited by a monoclonal antibody (LJP5) that is known to block vWF, but not fibrinogen binding to GPIIb/IIIa. Addition of purified vWF to the afibrinogenemic plasma resulted in marked increase in the rate and extent of aggregation, particularly when platelets were stimulated with ADP. This response was also completely blocked by LJP5. Addition of fibrinogen, however, restored normal aggregation even in the presence of LJP5, a finding consistent with the knowledge that antibody LJP5 has no effect on platelet aggregation mediated by fibrinogen binding to GPIIb/IIIa. Two patients gave their informed consent to receiving infusion of 1-desamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP), a vasopressin analogue known to raise the vWF levels in plasma by two- to fourfold. The bleeding time, measured before and 45 min after infusion, shortened from greater than 24 min to 12 min and 50 s in one patient and from 16 min to 9 min and 30 s in the other. Concurrently, the rate and extent of ADP-induced platelet aggregation improved after DDAVP infusion. The pattern, however, reversed to baseline levels within 4 h. The concentration of plasma vWF increased after DDAVP infusion, but that of fibrinogen remained at trace levels. We conclude that vWF interaction with GPIIb/IIIa mediates platelet-platelet interaction and may play a role in primary hemostasis.
L De Marco, A Girolami, T S Zimmerman, Z M Ruggeri
Increases in extracellular calcium (Ca++) can alter vascular tone, and thus may result in increased blood pressure (Bp) and reduced renal blood flow (RBF). Ca++ can stimulate prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and/or prostacyclin (PGI2) release in vitro, which may modulate Ca++ vascular effects. However, in man, the effect of Ca++ on PG release is not known. To study this, 14 volunteers received low-dose (2 mg/kg Ca++ gluconate) or high-dose (8 mg/kg) Ca++ infusions. The low-dose Ca++ infusion did not alter systemic or renal hemodynamics, but selectively stimulated PGI2, as reflected by the stable metabolite 6-keto-PGF1 alpha in urine (159 +/- 21-244 +/- 30 ng/g creatinine, P less than 0.02). The same Ca++ infusion given during cyclooxygenase blockade with indomethacin or ibuprofen was not associated with a rise in PGI2 and produced a rise in Bp and fall in RBF. However, sulindac, reported to be a weaker renal PG inhibitor, did not prevent the Ca++ -induced PGI2 stimulation (129 +/- 33-283 +/- 90, P less than 0.02), and RBF was maintained despite similar increases in Bp. The high-dose Ca++ infusion produced an increase in mean Bp without a change in cardiac output, and stimulated urinary 6-keto-PGF1 alpha to values greater than that produced by the 2-mg/kg Ca++ dose (330 +/- 45 vs. 244 +/- 30, P less than 0.05). In contrast, urinary PGE2 levels did not change. A Ca++ blocker, nifedipine, alone had no effect on Bp or urinary 6-keto-PGF1 alpha levels, but completely prevented the Ca++ -induced rise in Bp and 6-keto-PGF1 alpha excretion (158 +/- 30 vs. 182 +/- 38, P greater than 0.2). However, the rise in 6-keto-PGF1 alpha was not altered by the alpha 1 antagonist prazosin (159 +/- 21-258 +/- 23, P less than 0.02), suggesting that calcium entry and not alpha 1 receptor activation mediates Ca++ pressor and PGI2 stimulatory effects. These data indicate a new vascular regulatory system in which PGI2 modulates the systemic and renal vascular actions of calcium in man.
J L Nadler, M McKay, V Campese, J Vrbanac, R Horton
The effect of hyperglycemia per se on glucose uptake by muscle tissue was quantitated in six controls and six type II diabetics by the forearm technique, under conditions of insulin deficiency induced by somatostatin (SRIF) infusion (0.7 mg/h). Blood glucose concentration was clamped at its basal value during the first 60 min of SRIF infusion and then raised to approximately 200 mg/dl by a variable glucose infusion. Plasma insulin levels remained at or below 5 microU/ml during SRIF infusion, including the hyperglycemic period. No appreciable difference between controls and diabetics was present in the basal state as to forearm glucose metabolism. After 60 min of SRIF infusion and euglycemia, forearm glucose uptake fell consistently from 2.1 +/- 0.7 mg X liter-1 X min-1 to 1.0 +/- 0.6 (P less than 0.05) and from 1.7 +/- .2 to 0.4 +/- 0.3 (P less than 0.02) in the control and diabetic groups, respectively. The subsequent induction of hyperglycemia caused a marked increase in both the arterial-deep venous blood glucose difference (P less than 0.02-0.01) and forearm glucose uptake (P less than 0.01-0.005). However, the response in the diabetic group was significantly greater than that observed in controls. The incremental area of forearm glucose uptake was 276 +/- 31 mg X liter-1 X 90 min and 532 +/- 81 in the control and diabetic groups, respectively (P less than 0.02). In the basal state, the forearm released lactate and alanine both in controls and diabetic subjects at comparable rates. No increment was observed after hyperglycemia, despite the elevated rates of glucose uptake. It is concluded that (1) hyperglycemia per se stimulates forearm glucose disposal to a greater extent in type II diabetics than in normal subjects; and (2) the resulting increment of glucose disposal does not accelerate the forearm release of three carbon compounds. The data support the hypothesis that hyperglycemia per se may play a compensatory role for the defective glucose disposal in type II diabetes.
B Capaldo, D Santoro, G Riccardi, N Perrotti, L Saccà
We have used rat cortical collecting tubules perfused in vitro to study the effects of antidiuretic hormone (ADH) and desoxycorticosterone (DOCA) on the unidirectional fluxes of sodium. We found that in the basal state, lumen-to-bath flux (Jlb) and bath-to-lumen flux (Jbl) of 22Na were approximately equal, 39.5 +/- 3.9 and 41.8 +/- 11.0 pmol X min-1 X min-1, respectively, resulting in no net flux. Addition of 100 microU/ml ADH to the bath produced a stable increase in Jlb to 58.3 +/- 4.7 pmol X min-1 X mm-1. Pretreatment of the animal with DOCA for 4 to 7 d (20 mg/kg per d) increased baseline Jlb to 81.6 +/- 8.7 pmol X min-1 X mm-1. Addition of ADH to a tubule from a DOCA-pretreated rat caused an increase in Jlb to 144.1 +/- 12.0 pmol X min-1 X mm-1 X Neither hormone had an effect on Jbl X Thus ADH produced a greater absolute and fractional increase in Jlb when the animal was pretreated with DOCA, and the ADH-induced increase over baseline was greater than the DOCA-induced increase. Both the ADH-and DOCA-induced stimulation of Jlb were completely abolished by 10(-5) M luminal amiloride, suggesting that the route of sodium transport stimulated by both hormones involves apical sodium channels. However, ADH and DOCA have very different time courses of action; ADH acted within minutes, while aldosterone and DOCA are known to require 90-180 min. The facilitating action of ADH on DOCA-induced stimulation of sodium transport may be important for maximal sodium reabsorption and for the ability to achieve a maximally concentrated urine.
M C Reif, S L Troutman, J A Schafer