Journal Article

Direct activation of glomerular endothelial cells by anti-moesin activity of anti-myeloperoxidase antibody

Tomokazu Nagao, Koya Suzuki, Kentaro Utsunomiya, Mimiko Matsumura, Kan Saiga, Pi-Chao Wang, Haruyuki Minamitani, Yasuaki Aratani, Toshinori Nakayama and Kazuo Suzuki

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 26, issue 9, pages 2752-2760
Published in print September 2011 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online March 2011 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI:
Direct activation of glomerular endothelial cells by anti-moesin activity of anti-myeloperoxidase antibody

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Background. Glomerular neutrophil infiltration has been thought to be a key pathological event in the development of myeloperoxidase (MPO)-specific anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis involving glomerulonephritis. Accordingly, we sought to explore the molecules responsible for glomerular neutrophil accumulation.

Methods. Glomerular neutrophil infiltration and renal chemokine expression in mice treated with anti-MPO IgG were evaluated. Chemokine expression in vitro induced by anti-MPO IgG was measured in the primary mouse glomerular endothelial cells (mGEC). The target molecule reacted with anti-MPO IgG on the mGEC was determined by peptide mass fingerprint analysis.

Results. A significant glomerular neutrophil infiltration was observed in the mice administered with anti-MPO IgG. The expressions of CXC chemokines, keratinocyte-derived chemokine (KC) and macrophage inflammatory protein-2 (MIP-2), were significantly increased in the renal cortex, indicating that these chemokines contribute to the neutrophil infiltration. Based on the previous findings of upregulation of adhesion molecule expression in mGEC treated with anti-MPO IgG, we examined whether mGEC secrete these chemokines in response to anti-MPO IgG. Indeed, anti-MPO IgG induced secretion of KC and MIP-2, leading to neutrophil chemotaxis in vitro. Furthermore, complete depletion of MPO in mGEC and serum using MPO-deficient mice showed an upregulation of intercellular adhesion molecule-1, indicating cross-reactive molecule(s) were existing on mGEC. We identified the molecule as moesin by a proteomic approach.

Conclusions. The endothelial CXC chemokines, KC and MIP-2, contribute to infiltration of neutrophils in MPO-ANCA-associated vasculitis involving glomerulonephritis. The activation of glomerular endothelial cells by anti-MPO IgG appeared to directly involve a signaling through moesin.

Keywords: glomerular endothelial cells; moesin; MPO-ANCA; neutrophils; vasculitis

Journal Article.  4584 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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