Previously, we have demonstrated the induction of Src in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated macrophages. In this study, we observed that pharmacological blockade or knockout of inducible nitric-oxide synthase (iNOS) reduced LPS-mediated Src induction and macrophage migration. Either SNAP (a NOdonor) or 8-Br-cGMP (acGMPanalogue) could rescue these defects in iNOS-null macrophages, which indicated the participation of NO/cGMP in LPS-elicited Src expression and mobilization. In addition, Src family kinase (SFK)-specific inhibitor, PP2, inhibited SNAP- and 8-Br-cGMP-evoked motility implicating the involvement of SFKs downstream of NO/cGMP. Analysis of the expression of SFKs indicated LPS dramatically induced Src, which could be attributable to the increased level of the src transcript. Attenuation of Src by src-specific siRNA reduced LPS- and SNAP-evoked mobilization in Raw264.7 macrophages, and reintroduction of avian Src could rescue their motility. Furthermore, LPS-mediated Src induction led to increased FAK Pi-Tyr-397 and Pi-Tyr-861, which was also iNOS-dependent. With these findings, we concluded that iNOS was important for LPS-mediated macrophage locomotion and Src was a critical player in this process.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology