The role(s) of JLP scaffolding protein in regulating LPS- vs. poly(I:C)-activated mature dendritic cell functions

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Zhao, Chongbo
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TLR3- and TLR4-mediated DC activation lead to distinct function of mature DC, in which MAPKs pathway is involved. JNK-associated leucine zipper protein (JLP) associates with JNK/p38 phosphorylation, however the role of JLP in DC is not well understood. We previously found either LPS or poly(I:C) up-regulated JLP expression in BMDC. Therefore we hypothesized JLP plays a differential role in TLR3- and TLR4-mediated BMDC maturation and functions. We demonstrated JLP facilitated LPS- and poly(I:C)-induced CD86 and CD40 up-regulation, LPS-induced CD80 up-regulation and poly(I:C)-induced MHC-II up-regulation. We found JLP down-regulated IL-12 production in LPS-stimulated BMDC, and up-regulated IL-6 production in poly(I:C)-stimulated BMDC. Our data also showed JLP negatively regulated MHC-II antigen presentation in LPS- and poly(I:C)-stimulated BMDC and JLP was involved in promoting LPS-activated BMDC survival, but not in poly(I:C)-activated BMDCs. Therefore our current data suggested a multi-functional role of JLP in the regulation of TLR3- and TLR4-mediated DC maturation.
Dendritic cell, Toll-like receptor, Scaffold protein, JLP