Hyperglycaemia augments lipopolysaccharide-induced reduction in rat and human macrophage phagocytosis via the endoplasmic stress-C/EBP homologous protein pathway.


Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Kansai Medical University, Osaka, Japan. Electronic address: [Email]


BACKGROUND : Macrophage phagocytosis constitutes an essential part of the host defence against microbes and the resolution of inflammation. Hyperglycaemia during sepsis is reported to reduce macrophage function, and thus, potentiate inflammatory deterioration. We investigated whether high-glucose concentrations augment lipopolysaccharide-induced reduction in macrophage phagocytosis via the endoplasmic stress-C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) pathway using animal and laboratory investigations.
METHODS : Peritoneal macrophages of artificially ventilated male Wistar rats, divided into four groups based on target blood glucose concentrations achieved by glucose administration with or without lipopolysaccharide, were obtained after 24 h. Human macrophages were also cultured in normal or high glucose with or without lipopolysaccharide exposure for 72 h. Changes in the phagocytic activity, intranuclear CHOP expression, and intracellular Akt phosphorylation status of macrophages were evaluated. These changes were also evaluated in human macrophages after genetic knock-down of CHOP by specific siRNA transfection or resolvin D2 treatment.
RESULTS : Lipopolysaccharide impaired phagocytosis, increased intranuclear expression of CHOP, and inhibited Akt phosphorylation in both rat peritoneal and human macrophages. Hyperglycaemic glucose concentrations augmented these changes. Genetic knock-down of CHOP restored phagocytic ability and Akt phosphorylation in human macrophages. Furthermore, resolvin D2 co-incubation restored the inhibited phagocytosis and Akt phosphorylation along with the inhibition of intranuclear CHOP expression in human macrophages.
CONCLUSIONS : These findings imply that controlling endoplasmic reticulum stress might provide new strategies for restoring reduced macrophage phagocytosis in sepsis-induced hyperglycaemia.


endoplasmic reticulum,hyperglycaemia,macrophage,phagocytosis,resolvin,sepsis,