Cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR), a universal calcium mobilizer from intracellular stores, was recently demonstrated to stimulate proliferation of various cell types. The role of cADPR in a specific process of monocyte- and plasma-mediated activation of T-lymphocytes by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was addressed using human mononuclear cells from peripheral blood (PBMCs). Incubation of PBMCs with 0.1 μg/ml of LPS for 24 h provided a doubling in the intracellular levels of cADPR as compared with unstimulated PBMCs. The cADPR increase was abolished either by prior removal of monocytes or by pre-incubating a whole PBMC population with a monoclonal antibody against the monocyte marker CD14. The increased concentrations of intracellular cADPR elicited by LPS stimulation were paralleled by significant increases in NAD+ levels and in the activities of ectocellular and membrane-bound fractions of ADP-ribosyl cyclase/cADPR hydrolase activities. A cytosolic ADP-ribosyl cyclase was also detectable in PBMCs and its activity was comparably enhanced by LPS stimulation. This soluble cyclase is distinguished from the membrane-bound cyclase by both substrate and inhibitor sensitivities. LPS-stimulated PBMCs showed 2–3-fold increases of intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i), and these changes were prevented completely by the cADPR antagonist 8-Br-cADPR and by ryanodine. Both compounds, and the cyclase inhibitor nicotinamide, significantly inhibited the T-lymphocyte proliferation induced by LPS in PBMCs. These results demonstrate that cADPR plays a role of second messenger in the adaptive immune recognition process of LPS-stimulated proliferation of PBMCs.

Abbreviations used: BST-1, bone marrow stromal cell antigen 1; [Ca2+]i, intracellular Ca2+ concentration; cADPR, cyclic ADP-ribose; IL, interleukin; LBP, LPS-binding protein; LPS, lipopolysaccharide; mAb, monoclonal antibody; PBMC, peripheral blood mononuclear cell; PCA, perchloric acid; PKC, protein kinase C; TCA, trichloroacetic acid; TCR, T-cell receptor; TdR, thymidine; TLR, Toll-like receptor.

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