Neutrophil tethering on E-selectin activates β2 integrin binding to ICAM-1 through a mitogen-activated protein kinase signal transduction pathway

Scott I. Simon, Yu Hu, Dietmar Vestweber, C. Wayne Smith

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On inflamed endothelium selectins support neutrophil capture and rolling that leads to firm adhesion through the activation and binding of β2 integrin. The primary mechanism of cell activation involves ligation of chemotactic agonists presented on the endothelium. We have pursued a second mechanism involving signal transduction through binding of selectins while neutrophils tether in shear flow. We assessed whether neutrophil rolling on E-selectin led to cell activation and arrest via β2 integrins. Neutrophils were introduced into a parallel plate flow chamber having as a substrate an L cell monolayer coexpressing E-selectin and ICAM-1 (E/I). At shears ≥0.1 dyne/cm2, neutrophils rolled on the E/I. A step increase to 4.0 dynes/cm2 revealed that ~60% of the interacting cells remained firmly adherent, as compared with ~10% on L cells expressing E-selectin or ICAM-1 alone. Cell arrest was dependent on application of shear and activation of Mac-1 and LFA- 1 to bind ICAM-1. Firm adhesion was inhibited by blocking E-selectin, L- selectin, or PSGL-1 with Abs and by inhibitors to the mitogen-activated protein kinases. A chimeric soluble E-selectin-IgG molecule specifically bound sialylated ligands on neutrophils and activated adhesion that was also inhibited by blocking the mitogen-activated protein kinases. We conclude that neutrophils rolling on E-selectin undergo signal transduction leading to activation of cell arrest through β2 integrins binding to ICAM-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4348-4358
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 15 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology


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