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Cell Mol Life Sci. Sep 2012; 69(17): 2967–2977.
Published online Apr 6, 2012. doi:  10.1007/s00018-012-0980-y
PMCID: PMC3417094
Primary cilia elongation in response to interleukin-1 mediates the inflammatory response
A. K. T. Wanncorresponding author and M. M. Knight
Biomedical Engineering, 2nd Floor Cell and Tissue Laboratories, School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS UK
A. K. T. Wann, a.wann/at/qmul.ac.uk.
corresponding authorCorresponding author.
Received October 7, 2011; Revised March 20, 2012; Accepted March 22, 2012.
Primary cilia are singular, cytoskeletal organelles present in the majority of mammalian cell types where they function as coordinating centres for mechanotransduction, Wnt and hedgehog signalling. The length of the primary cilium is proposed to modulate cilia function, governed in part by the activity of intraflagellar transport (IFT). In articular cartilage, primary cilia length is increased and hedgehog signaling activated in osteoarthritis (OA). Here, we examine primary cilia length with exposure to the quintessential inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1 (IL-1), which is up-regulated in OA. We then test the hypothesis that the cilium is involved in mediating the downstream inflammatory response. Primary chondrocytes treated with IL-1 exhibited a 50 % increase in cilia length after 3 h exposure. IL-1-induced cilia elongation was also observed in human fibroblasts. In chondrocytes, this elongation occurred via a protein kinase A (PKA)-dependent mechanism. G-protein coupled adenylate cyclase also regulated the length of chondrocyte primary cilia but not downstream of IL-1. Chondrocytes treated with IL-1 exhibit a characteristic increase in the release of the inflammatory chemokines, nitric oxide and prostaglandin E2. However, in cells with a mutation in IFT88 whereby the cilia structure is lost, this response to IL-1 was significantly attenuated and, in the case of nitric oxide, completely abolished. Inhibition of IL-1-induced cilia elongation by PKA inhibition also attenuated the chemokine response. These results suggest that cilia assembly regulates the response to inflammatory cytokines. Therefore, the cilia proteome may provide a novel therapeutic target for the treatment of inflammatory pathologies, including OA.
Keywords: Primary cilia, Inflammation, Cytokine, Protein kinase A, Chondrocyte
Primary cilia are single finger-like projections that extend several microns into the extracellular environment and are expressed by the majority of eukaryotic cells. Despite their discovery more than a century ago, only in the last few decades has evidence been gathered to highlight the role that this tubulin-based structure plays in many facets of cell biology, including differentiation and vertebrate development [1, 2], cell cycle control [3], cancer signaling [4], sensory function and migration [5], and mechanotransduction [69]. The primary cilia axonome is extended from the basal body upon entry to G0, and its genesis, maintenance, and function rely upon intraflagellar transport (IFT) [10]. The large number of ciliopathies have served both to emphasize the physiological importance of the primary cilium and to provide models to better understand their function [11]. Many of these pathologies are associated with alterations in cilia length [12], adding support to the concept of a cilia structure–function relationship [1315].
Axonomal length control has been extensively studied in model systems such as Chlamydomonas [1618] and C. elegans [17, 19] since 1969. Mechanisms acting to regulate flagellar length include Ca2+ concentration [20] and protein phosphorylation [21]. A correlation between cilia length and IFT particle size has also been observed [18]. Study of ciliary length in mammalian cells has indicated many factors regulating axonomal length. These include reduced intracellular calcium and increased cyclic AMP (cAMP) acting to elongate cilia, through a PKA-dependent increase in anterograde (towards the tip) IFT [14]. Molecular approaches have identified the involvement in cilia length control of molecules engaged in the organization of the actin cytoskeleton and in soluble tubulin levels [22, 23]. Most recently, work in vascular endothelium has elucidated roles for protein kinase C (PKC) and mitogen-activated (MAP) protein kinases [15]. Cilia elongation receives ever-increasing interest, as reviewed recently [24].
A large contingent of diseases including arthritis, arthrosclerosis, and cancer involve inflammation. In articular cartilage, where primary cilia protrude into the extracellular matrix [25], the degenerative condition of OA is associated with increases in cilia length and prevalence [26], and the increased expression of hedgehog signaling genes [27]. More broadly, studies in kidney epithelium suggest that cilia length changes post-injury are important in the process of renal repair [28]. Cytokines are involved in a huge range of physiological and pathological processes [29]. In inflammatory pathologies, the quintessentially pro-inflammatory cytokine Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and its receptors are up-regulated as part of the broad spectrum of inflammatory mediators activated in many cell types. As such, we hypothesized that IL-1 exposure increases cilia length and that the cilium is involved in inflammatory signaling. We show that primary cilia length is increased by IL-1 and that cilia elongation drives the downstream inflammatory response in the form of chemokine release. This suggests, for the first time, that primary cilia and IFT play an important role in inflammation. These studies, therefore, open the door to a host of new therapeutic targets for a wide variety of inflammatory pathologies.
Cell culture
Bovine forefeet from 18-month-old steers were obtained fresh from slaughter from a local abattoir and primary chondrocytes isolated by enzymatic digestion as previously described [30]. Cells were cultured in Dulbecco’s Modified Eagles Medium (DMEM; Sigma-Aldrich, Poole, UK) supplemented with 10 % (v/v) fetal calf serum (FCS), 1.6 mM l-glutamine, 81 µ mL−1 penicillin, 80 μg mL−1 streptomycin, 16 mM HEPES buffer, and 0.68 mM 1-ascorbic acid (all Sigma-Aldrich). Cells were seeded onto FCS-coated glass coverslips at 6 × 104 cells cm2 and cultured for 5 days to attach.
Tg737ORPK (heterozygous) mutant mice lines were generated as previously described [31]. Mice were maintained on a mixed genetic background according to approved protocols at the Medical University of South Carolina. Heterozygous ORPK mice were bred with heterozygous Immortomouse mice (H-2 Kb-tsA58) which harbor a temperature sensitive SV40 large T antigen transgene under the control of an interferon-γ-inducible H-2 Kb promoter (H-2 Kb-tsA58) to produce orpk/Immortomouse compound heterozygous mice [32]. Heterozygous ORPK females were bred with heterozygous/Immortomouse orpk males. Chondrocytes were isolated from the sternum of 4-day-old mice by digestion with collagenase type II (2 mg mL−1) dispersed in DMEM at 37 °C for 4 h. All mice were genotyped by PCR from tail biopsy DNA. Western blot analysis was conducted to confirm the expression of SV40 large T antigen protein in chondrocytes in the presence of IFN-γ at 33 °C. Cells were cultured in DMEM supplemented with 10 % FCS, 88 U mL−1 penicillin, 90 μg mL−1 streptomycin, 10 ng mL−1 INF-γ, and 2.5 mM l-glutamine. Immortalized cells were grown to 90 % confluence in 5 % CO2/33 °C plus 10 nM IFN-γ, then cultured in non-permissive conditions at 37 °C (-IFN-γ) for 4 days before seeding onto glass FCS-coated coverslips at 6 × 104 cells cm2. Proliferation rates (as assessed by ki-67 staining) were very low during the 48-h treatment period. This was associated with no statistically significant variation in cell number between treatments as indicated by a fluorescence DNA quantification assay using Hoescht 33258.
NIH3T3 cells were cultured in DMEM supplemented with 10 % FCS, 88 U mL−1 penicillin, 90 μg mL−1 streptomycin, and 2.5 mM l-glutamine. Cultures were serum starved for 12 h to encourage cilia expression and near-abolish proliferation prior to exposure to IL-1.
Interleukin treatment
IL-1β was obtained from Peprotech (London, UK), and reconstituted to 1 mg mL−1 from solid lyophilized sterile powder in distilled water. This stock was then added to serum-supplemented DMEM and frozen in aliquots at 10 μg mL−1. When required, aliquots of IL-1β were thawed and diluted to 10 ng ml−1 in media.
Immunofluorescent staining
Following fixation in 3.7 % paraformaldehyde at 37 °C for 8 min, coverslip cultures were permeabilized in 0.5 % triton and blocked with 5 % goat serum. Coverslips were incubated overnight at 4 °C with anti-acetylated α-tubulin primary antibody (clone 6-11B-1, 1:2,000; Sigma-Aldrich), washed, and incubated for 2 h at 25 °C with Alexa 488 anti-mouse conjugate (Invitrogen, UK) before mounting with a DAPI counterstain (Invitrogen). Ki-67 staining was conducted in identical fashion using mouse anti-ki-67 (Sigma-Aldrich) and an Alexa 594 anti-mouse conjugate (Invitrogen).
Imaging and cilia length measurements
A Leica SP2 confocal microscope was used to create maximum projections of confocal z-stacks (Fig. 1a) from which cilia length was measured using image J software. At least three different mounted preparations were used to capture five fields of cells at ×63 magnification giving data for >100 cilia per subgroup. Confocal z maximum projections were also used to assess cilia prevalence and ki-67 nuclear staining.
Fig. 1
Fig. 1
IL-1 increases primary cilia length in chondrocytes. a Chondrocyte primary cilia (green, anti-acetylated-α-tubulin, blue DAPI nuclei). Scale bar 10 μm. b Frequency histogram of chondrocyte cilia length showing elongation of cilia (more ...)
Pharmacological agonists/antagonists
All experiments to investigate mechanism were conducted over 24 h with 10 ng mL−1 IL-1β. All reagents from Merck Chemicals, UK. Table 1 shows the concentrations and mode of action of the various agonists and antagonists used throughout this study.
Table 1
Table 1
The concentrations, modes of action and summary effects of pharmacological agonists/antagonists
PGE2 and NO quantification
A commercially available quantitative immunoassay (R&D Systems, UK) was used to quantify media PGE2 concentrations immediately following 48-h IL-1β treatment. Samples were diluted threefold before addition to a goat-anti-mouse microplate. Addition of a horseradish peroxidase-labeled PGE2 ensured PGE2 in the sample competed for binding with a monoclonal antibody, which was quantified by measuring absorbance at 450 nm following washing and addition of a substrate solution. Results were corrected for non-specific binding and read from a PGE2 standard curve fitted in GraphPad Prism 5. Nitrite, the stable product of NO degradation, content was quantified in the media without dilution, after an identical 48-h experiment, by spectrometric Greiss reagent assay [33], measuring absorbance at 544 nm. The same methodologies were used for murine cells investigating the role of IFT88 and for bovine cells investigating the role of PKA.
Statistics
Data are presented using mean ± SEM. Due to the skewed nature of the data for cilia length, non-parametric statistical analysis was used in the form of Mann–Whitney U tests. Unpaired Student’s t tests were used for analysis of nitrite and PGE2 release. For all statistics, a two-tailed approach was used with p < 0.05 indicating a statistically significant difference. In the figures, *p < 0.05, **p < 0.01, ***p < 0.0001.
IL-1 exposure increases primary cilia length
Freshly isolated chondrocytes expressed primary cilia with a mean length of ~2 μm in monolayer cultures, with >75 % of cilia between 1 and 3 μm long. Exposure for 24 h to IL-1β, at the commonly used experimental concentration of 10 ng mL−1, statistically significantly increased the length of cilia in primary chondrocytes (p < 0.0001, n = 9 independent experiments; >600 cilia; Fig. 1a). Most strikingly, IL-1 increased the number of cells with cilia >3 μm long (Fig. 1b). To assess the cell cycle status of the cells, the proliferative marker ki-67 was utilized to label cells outside of G0 phase. This indicated that only a very small proportion (<6 %) of the freshly isolated cells, were outside of quiescence and, as such, effects on cilia length were not due to alterations in proliferation (Fig. 1b, insert). The approximate 50 % increase in cilia length was also observed using IL1-β at both a lower, 2 ng mL−1, and a higher, 50 ng mL−1, concentration and also when IL-1α was used at 10 ng mL−1 (Fig. 1c). A similar statistically significant 50 % elongation was found after 3, 24, and 48 h exposure to IL-1β (Fig. 1d). No statistically significant differences were seen between concentrations, between the two IL-1 types or between time-points. For all comparisons, p < 0.0001, n = 3 independent experiments; >100 cilia. Cilia prevalence varied between preparations (40–60 %); however, no statistically significant differences were observed between treatment groups.
IL-1 induction of cilia elongation also occurs in fibroblasts
Most eukaryotic cells express primary cilia. The cilium conducts a wide variety of roles in different cell types including epithelia [7], bone [6, 34], endothelium [15], and fibroblasts [5]. A large amount of primary cilia experiments have been conducted in the fibroblast cell line NIH3T3 [35]. In order to check if the IL-1 phenomenon was exhibited by cells other than bovine chondrocytes, we investigated IL-1 stimulation in this human fibroblast cell line. With serum-starvation and high seeding density, the cells exhibited a highly quiescent profile with 80 % cilia expression (Fig. 2a). In response to 10 ng mL IL-1, mean cilia length in NIH3T3 fibroblasts was increased by 27 % from a mean value of 2.7–3.4, the difference being statistically significant after 24 h exposure (p < 0.0001, n = 3 independent experiments; >170 cilia; Fig. 2b). This represented a more subtle, but nevertheless convincing, shift towards longer cilia (Fig. 2c) than observed in primary chondrocytes (Fig. 1b).
Fig. 2
Fig. 2
IL-1 increases primary cilia length in human fibroblasts. a, b Immunofluorescent staining of cilia in human fibroblasts (green, anti-acetylated-α-tubulin, blue DAPI nuclei). Scale bar 10 μm. b, c IL-1β (10 ng mL (more ...)
IL-1 induced cilia elongation occurs via protein kinases including PKA
Previous studies in other cell types have shown the influence of adenylate cyclase, cAMP, cAMP-activated protein kinase A (PKA), and PKC and MAP kinases on primary cilia length [14, 15]. First, a role for PKA in IL-1 stimulated elongation was tested using PKA inhibitors PKI and H89 (Fig. 3a). Both drugs prevented cilia elongation associated with 24 h exposure to IL-1β (10 ng.mL−1) such that increases in length with IL-1β treatment were not statistically significant (n = 3 independent experiments; each >100 cilia). Neither inhibitor elicited an effect on cilia length when used without IL-1 (Fig. 3a).
Fig. 3
Fig. 3
IL-1 induced cilia elongation occurs via kinase activity including PKA a IL-1 stimulated elongation was abolished (+++p < 0.0001 with respect to IL-1 only) by treatment with PKA antagonists H89 and PKI. b Inhibition of PKC by bisindolylmaleimide (more ...)
Second, using the same pharmacological inhibitors as previous studies investigating PKC and MEK–ERK, bisindolylmaleimide I or BIM1 (0.5 μM) and PD98059 (10 μM), respectively, we investigated the importance of these kinases in IL-1β-stimulated cilia elongation. Whilst neither inhibitor influenced control of cilia length without IL-1, both statistically significantly reduced (p < 0.0001) the response to IL-1 (Fig. 3b). BIM1 had a partially inhibitory effect, but in the case of PD98059, the IL-1β-induced cilia elongation was completely abolished. For all experiments, n = 3 independent experiments; >100 cilia.
cAMP level also regulates chondrocyte cilia length via PKA but not in response to IL-1
In light of the PKA results, we next investigated the effect of the cAMP analogue 8-Br-cAMP on cilia length in chondrocytes. Addition of this cAMP analogue at 10 μM produced a statistically significant increase in cilia length after 24 h treatment (31 %, p < 0.0001; Fig. 4a). 8-Br-cAMP elicited this effect with increasing potency from 10 to 100 μM (p < 0.0001, Kruskal–Wallis test, n = 3 independent experiments; >100 cilia). With 100 μM treatment, cilia length increased within 3 h (a 39 % increase in mean, p < 0.0001), but most striking results were seen at 24 h (a 75 % increase in mean, p < 0.0001, time-course data not shown). The effect of 10 μM 8-BR-cAMP was abolished by addition of either the PKA inhibitor 14–22 amide fragment, PKI (10 μM) or PKA inhibitor H89 (0.5 μM) such that cilia length was not statistically significantly from control (Fig. 4a). As such, cAMP-PKA regulation of cilia length is shown to be active in chondrocytes.
Fig. 4
Fig. 4
The influence of Gαi, adenylate cyclase and cAMP on cilia length appears distinct from that of IL-1. a 8-BR-cAMP treatment increased primary cilia length compared with untreated controls. The effect of 8-BR-cAMP was abolished by PKA antagonists (more ...)
Given the ability of cAMP to elicit cilia lengthening, we next hypothesized that IL-1 may be eliciting its influence via G protein activation of adenylate cyclase and resulting conversion of ATP to cAMP. To investigate the roles of G proteins and adenylate cyclase (AC), cultures were treated with the G-protein inhibitor, pertussis toxin (PT) and the p-site adenylate cyclase antagonist, 2′-5′deoxyadenosine (DOA). Pertussis toxin had a stimulatory influence on cilia length with a 57 % increase in mean length (p < 0.0001). No additional effect was seen when IL-1 was added in conjunction with pertussis toxin (Fig. 4b). Inhibition of adenylate cyclase, without IL-1β, increased mean cilia length by 83 % (p < 0.0001). However, the effects of IL-1β and DOA were additive, such that, when cells were exposed to both, there was a 137 % increase in mean cilia length compared to the untreated control without IL-1 β (p < 0.0001; Fig. 4c). Thus, DOA and PT had no negative effect on the IL-1β-induced increase in cilia length which remained statistically significant (p < 0.0001). An inhibition of adenylate cyclase has previously been proposed as a mechanism of ciliary elongation [35], therefore, to establish if cAMP may be able to recover IL-1-induced changes, cells were treated with both IL-1 and 8-BR-cAMP (Fig. 4d). This produced a statistically significant increase in cilia length compared to IL-1β alone (p < 0.01). For all experiments, n = 3 independent experiments; >100 cilia. There is, therefore, no evidence for any link between AC-cAMP signaling and IL-1-induced cilia elongation.
IFT88 is required for inflammatory responses to interleukin-1
To assess the downstream functionality of cilia elongation in an inflammatory context, we employed a genetic approach to knockout IFT88 whilst assessing IL-1 stimulated PGE2 and nitrite release (indicative of nitric oxide release), classic inflammatory results of cytokine exposure in many cell types. When cultured in identical conditions to bovine primary chondrocytes wild-type (WT) murine cells exhibited approximately 40 % ciliation (Fig. 5a), whilst mutated (ORPK) cells exhibited no cilia (Fig. 5b). IL-1β treatment (48 h) elicited the expected large (32.9-fold) and statistically significant (p > 0.0001, unpaired Student’s t test, n = 7 preparations) increase in PGE2 in the culture medium (Fig. 5c). However, when ORPK cells were exposed to an identical IL-1 β treatment, the increase in PGE2 was muted by comparison, only a 13-fold increase, albeit still statistically significant (p < 0.01). The concentrations of PGE2 in IL-1β-treated culture samples were statistically significantly different for WT and ORPK (p < 0.0001). In a similar fashion, IL-1β treatment elicited a large (12.1-fold) and statistically significant (p < 0.0001, unpaired Student’s t test, n = 7 preparations) increase in nitrite concentration in the media. By contrast, this response was completely lost in ORPK cells where there was no statistically significant difference in nitrite concentration with and without IL-1β (Fig. 5d). Identical experiments using bovine primary chondrocytes indicate that inhibition of PKA by PKI, at a concentration that inhibited IL-1-induced cilia elongation, also statistically significantly attenuated IL-1-induced elevations in PGE2 and nitrite (Fig. 5e, f).
Fig. 5
Fig. 5
IFT88 mutation and PKA inhibition both reduce inflammatory chemokine response to IL-1. Murine WT primary cilia (a) (green, anti-acetylated-α-tubulin, blue DAPI nuclei). No cilia were observed in ORPK cells (b). Scale bars 10 μm. (more ...)
In this study, we present the effect of IL-1 on primary cilia length and highlight, for the first time, the potentially fundamental role of IFT-mediated primary cilia elongation in the progression of inflammation. Further to this, we show that some of the molecular mechanisms highlighted in previous studies apply to this cytokine-induced lengthening. Most interestingly of all, we demonstrate the key role for the cilium and IFT in downstream inflammatory signaling.
By their quiescent nature, freshly isolated primary chondrocytes represent an excellent and highly relevant non-proliferative primary cell model for studying ciliogenesis in the context of inflammation. Freshly isolated chondrocytes expressed primary cilia with a mean length of ~2 μm in monolayer cultures, (Fig. 1a). For comparison, in healthy bovine patellae cartilage, mean lengths of 1.1–1.5 μM, are observed in the superficial to deep zones, respectively [26]. In situ measurements of cilia length within cartilage tissue are difficult given the three dimensional orientation of the cilia and the resolution of confocal microscopy in the z axis. By contrast, the use of isolated chondrocytes cultured in monolayer provides a simple, accurate, and reproducible measurement of primary cilia length.
Our results indicate that the pro-inflammatory cytokine, interleukin-1, stimulates cilia elongation. It is most likely that IL-1 is having an effect on pre-existing cilia rather than holding cells in G0 for longer. Cilia length has been shown to be regulated by a host of genes, proteins, and signaling cascades [1315, 22, 23, 3540], but never by exposure to inflammatory cytokine. Cilia elongation occurred after just 3 h of IL-1 exposure and at the lowest concentration tested (2 ng.mL−1). Both IL-1β and the cell-associated form IL-1α stimulate elongation. In other tissues, fibroblasts are thought to be intermediaries in the immune reaction during an inflammatory progression that includes chemokine signaling via prostaglandins and nitric oxide release [41]. We show that this phenomenon of cilia elongation, in response to the inflammatory cytokine IL-1, is not just active in chondrocytes but is also present in fibroblasts and therefore may have implications for all inflamed tissues.
Previous pharmacological work in multiple cell types [14, 15, 35] has indicated a role for adenylate cyclase-cAMP and PKA in the extension of cilia. In synovial fibroblasts, the inhibition of adenylate cyclase, by lithium, was shown to elongate cilia [35]. Moreover, in these studies, the activity of adenylate cyclase interfered with the effects of lithium on cilia length. Conversely, however, in kidney and bone cells, the activation of adenylate cyclase by forskolin resulted in cilia elongation [14]. Our results indicate firmly that PKC, MEK–ERK, and PKA are involved in IL-1-induced length increases (Fig. 3), but the role for cAMP was not found (Fig. 4). We found that both introduction of an analogue of cAMP and inhibition of adenylate cyclase induced cilia elongation both in isolation and supplementary to the effects of IL-1. We found inhibition of upstream Gαi subunits also elongated cilia in isolation, but these effects did not supplement those of IL-1. This may indicate a shared role of G-protein subunits in IL-1 and adenylate cyclase mechanisms. However, importantly, we see no evidence to suggest that IL-1-induced elongation and cAMP-induced elongation are linked upstream of PKA (Fig. 6). The complex roles of adenylate cyclase isoforms localized to the cilium [35] and localized changes in cAMP may explain the apparent conflicts from previous studies. Adenylate cyclase isoforms are exhibited by chondrocytes [42], and we have shown that the system is active in chondrocytes where a cAMP analogue elongates the cilium in a dose-dependent manner acting through PKA, but have no evidence for a relevance of this in the context of Inflammation.
Fig. 6
Fig. 6
Schematic summary of the proposed pathways behind IL-1 influence on chemokine release via ciliary elongation, as indicated by pharmacological and genetic experiments. IL-1 exerts positive influence on cilia elongation via PKA, MEK–ERK, and PKC. (more ...)
We thus hypothesize that, in response to IL-1, downstream regulation of anterograde IFT is conducted by PKA, as has been shown previously with fluid flow mediated changes in cilia length [14]. Indeed, the cilia role of PKA is well established, as PKA has been linked to cilia-dependent signaling systems including hedgehog and polycystin signaling [4346]. In addition to the role of PKA, we have established that PKC and the MEK–ERK kinases are both involved in IL-1-stimulated elongation, perhaps a further indication of the complexity of IL-1-elicited cellular responses. Other potential candidates involved in IFT and IL-1-induced cilia elongation include hypoxia inducible factor (HIF), [28, 47, 48], cytosolic calcium, and the actin cytoskeleton [14, 22, 23], all of which are influenced by interleukins [49]. However, this is not to exclude additional reported mechanisms including FGF signaling [50], the Dcdc2 protein [13], and the tubulin cytoskeleton itself [23]. We believe that the significance of IL-1 regulation of ciliary length may lie with hedgehog signaling alterations as supported by the correlation between structural changes, including length, and hedgehog signal transduction [36].
To investigate the role of IFT and primary cilia in downstream inflammatory signaling, the present study utilized an IFT88 mutant chondrocyte model. The Tg737ORPK model knocks out the IFT88 gene, disrupting polaris expression, and rendering cells with stunted [10] or, in the case of chondrocytes here, no obvious cilia structure (Fig. 5b). In response to IL-1, many cells including chondrocytes exhibit induction of nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) expression triggering the release of the potent inflammatory chemokines, nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin (PGE2). Here, we show that loss of primary cilia and IFT88 had no effect on basal NO and PGE2, but significantly attenuated the normal up-regulation observed in WT cells in response to IL-1β (Fig. 5). This may explain why mechanical loading, which is known to reduce cilia length in chondrocyte [30], also down-regulates the IL-1β-induced release of NO and PGE2 [30, 51]. It is also likely that IL-1β-induced cilia elongation will influence other aspects of cilia function including mechanotransduction [9, 14, 15] and hedgehog signaling which has already been linked to arthritis [27]. We finally examined the link between IL-1-induced cilia elongation via PKA (Fig. 3a) and the role of IFT88 (Fig. 5c, d) in the inflammatory response (Fig. 5e, f). We show that selective inhibition of PKA also inhibits PGE2 and NO release in bovine chondrocytes treated with IL-1. Thus, the cilium and associated elongation in response to IL-1 play critical roles in the activation of inflammatory chemokine signaling. The primary cilium already has central roles throughout cell biology, but here we propose, for the first time, that the cilium and the regulation of its structure and function are of fundamental importance in inflammation. The localized and specific nature of the cilia proteome governing maintenance and function of the primary cilia provides exciting potential therapeutic targets for inflammatory conditions.
Acknowledgments
The authors wish to thank Courtney Haycraft and Sue McGlashan for the establishment of the ORPK cell model and A. Ofosu-Adjei and Clare Thompson for support in cilia measurement studies. Angus Wann was supported by the Wellcome Trust, UK, and Arthritis Research UK.
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