Integrin-dependent leukocyte adhesion involves geranylgeranylated protein(s)

Liu Li, Patty Moesner, Nicholas L. Kovach, Ratna Bailey, Andrew D. Hamilton, Said M. Sebti, John M. Harlan

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Integrin-dependent leukocyte adhesion is modulated by alterations in receptor affinity or by post-receptor events. Pretreatment of Jurkat T-cells with the 3-hydroxymethylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitor, lovastatin, markedly reduced (IC50 ≃1-2 μM) α4β1-dependent adhesion to fibronectin (FN) stimulated by phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) which modulates post-receptor events. In contrast, lovastatin did not inhibit Jurkat cell adhesion to FN induced by the β1 integrin-activating monoclonal antibody (mAb) 8A2, which directly modulates β1 integrin affinity. Similarly, pretreatment of U937 cells with lovastatin inhibited PMA- stimulated, but not mAb 8A2-stimulated, α6β1-dependent leukocyte adhesion to laminin. The inhibition of lovastatin on PMA-stimulated leukocyte adhesion was not mediated by mitogen-activated protein kinase or phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase pathway. The inhibitory effect of lovastatin on PMA-stimulated leukocyte adhesion was reversed by co-incubation with geranylgeraniol, but not with farnesol, with concurrent reversal of the inhibition of protein prenylation as shown by protein RhoA geranylgeranylation. The selective inhibition of protein geranylgeranylation by the specific protein geranylgeranyltransferase-I inhibitor, GGTI-298, blocked PMA-stimulated leukocyte adhesion but not mAb 8A2-induced leukocyte adhesion. The protein farnesyltransferase inhibitor, FTI-277, had no effect on leukocyte adhesion induced by either stimulus. These results demonstrate that protein geranylgeranylation, but not farnesylation, is required for integrin- dependent post-receptor events in leukocyte adhesion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33334-33340
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number47
StatePublished - Nov 19 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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