Cyclic ADP-ribose production by CD38 regulates intracellular calcium release, extracellular calcium influx and chemotaxis in neutrophils and is required for bacterial clearance in vivo

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  • Cyclic ADP-ribose is believed to be an important calcium-mobilizing second messenger in invertebrate, mammalian and plant cells. CD38, the best-characterized mammalian ADP-ribosyl cyclase, is postulated to be an important source of cyclic ADP-ribose in vivo. Using CD38-deficient mice, we demonstrate that the loss of CD38 renders mice susceptible to bacterial infections due to an inability of CD38-deficient neutrophils to directionally migrate to the site of infection. Furthermore, we show that cyclic ADP-ribose can directly induce intracellular Ca++ release in neutrophils and is required for sustained extracellular Ca++ influx in neutrophils that have been stimulated by the bacterial chemoattractant, formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP). Finally, we demonstrate that neutrophil chemotaxis to fMLP is dependent on Ca++ mobilization mediated by cyclic ADP-ribose. Thus, CD38 controls neutrophil chemotaxis to bacterial chemoattractants through its production of cyclic ADP-ribose, and acts as a critical regulator of inflammation and innate immune responses.
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  • Nature Medicine  Journal
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    Pubmed Id

  • 4517660
  • Author List

  • Partida-S├ínchez S; Cockayne DA; Monard S; Jacobson EL; Oppenheimer N; Garvy B; Kusser K; Goodrich S; Howard M; Harmsen A
  • Start Page

  • 1209
  • End Page

  • 1216
  • Volume

  • 7
  • Issue

  • 11