Calcium Ionophore Upregulation of AUUUA-Specific Binding Protein Activity Is Contemporaneous with Granulocyte Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor Messenger RNA Stabilization in AML14.3D10 Cells

Jeffrey H. Ruth, Stephane Esnault, Jason A. Jarzembowski, James S. Malter

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Abstract

Eosinophils produce granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), which enhances their survival and function. In T cells and fibroblasts, GM-CSF production is controlled predominantly by variable messenger RNA (mRNA) stability involving 3′ untranslated region (3′ UTR) adenosine-uridine-rich elements (AREs) and sequence-specific mRNA binding proteins. However, the mode of regulation of this critical cytokine remains unknown in eosinophils. Therefore, we measured GM-CSF mRNA decay in an eosinophil-like cell line (AML14.3D10) and, with a radiolabeled GM-CSF RNA probe, asked whether ARE-specific, mRNA binding proteins were present in cytoplasmic lysates of these cells. Human GM-CSF mRNA transfected into unstimulated AML14.3D10 cells decayed with a half-life of 6 min, which increased to 14 min after 1 h, and to 22 min after 2 h, of ionophore-mediated activation. GM-CSF RNA mobility shift assays using cytoplasmic extracts from resting or ionophore-stimulated AML14.3D10 cells revealed multiple RNA-protein complexes of 55, 60, 85, 100, and 125 kD. A 47-kD complex was also detected with an 80-base RNA probe containing four consecutive AUUUA motifs. On the basis of competition studies, all of the observed binding protein activities interacted with the 3′ UTR AREs. In addition, binding activity increased 2.5-fold in cytoplasmic lysates from cells stimulated with calcium ionophore for 2 h, contemporaneous with GM-CSF mRNA stabilization. These data provide direct evidence that ionophore stabilizes GM-CSF mRNA in AML14.3D10 cells and simultaneously increases the activity of a series of AUUUA-specific mRNA binding proteins. We conclude that the interaction of AU-specific binding proteins may stabilize GM-CSF mRNA in activated eosinophil-like cell lines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-628
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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