The infiltration, accumulation and degranulation of eosinophils in the lung represents a hallmark of active asthma. In vivo or in vitro eosinophil activation triggers the secretion of the antiapoptotic cytokine granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF). We now identify Pin1, a cis-trans isomerase, as an essential component of the ribonucleoprotein complex responsible for GM-CSF mRNA stabilization, cytokine secretion and the survival of activated eosinophils. Pin1 regulated the association of the AU-rich element -binding proteins AUF1 and hnRNP C with GM-CSF mRNA, accelerating or slowing decay, respectively. These data indicate Pin1 is a key mediator of GM-CSF production.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy