Cyclic AMP modulates the functional plasticity of immature dendritic cells by inhibiting Src-like kinases through protein kinase A-mediated signaling.
Galgani M., De Rosa V., De Simone S., Leonardi A., D'Oro U., Napolitani G., Masci AM., Zappacosta S., Racioppi L.
Immature dendritic cells (iDCs) can be instructed to polarize the immune response toward a noninflammatory pathway by mediators that increase the intracellular concentration of cAMP. This phenomenon is associated with the ability of the cyclic nucleoside to inhibit the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines without affecting the differentiation process of the dendritic cells (DCs). Here we investigated the ability of cAMP to modulate the endotoxin signaling by exposing DCs to exogenous 8-bromium-cyclic AMP in the presence or absence of H89, a selective inhibitor of the protein kinase A, one of the major molecular targets of the cyclic nucleoside. cAMP affects the early lipopolysaccharide-induced signaling cascade dissociating the activation of NF-kappa B, p38, and ERK pathways from the stimulation of c-Src and Lyn kinases. This phenomenon was prevented by H89. The pharmacological block of Src-like tyrosine kinases induces comparable results confirming the involvement of this family of enzymes in the mechanism controlling the release of cytokines in human monocyte-derived iDCs. We propose that the cAMP-protein kinase A-dependent pathway regulates the functional plasticity of iDCs by gating the Toll-like receptor signaling at the level of Src-like kinases.