Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 16115633
FEBS Lett 2005 Sep; 579(22): 4923-7
Induction of type-IIA secreted phospholipase A2 (sPLA2-IIA) expression by bacterial components other than lipopolysaccharide has not been previously investigated. Here, we show that exposure of alveolar macrophages (AM) to Neisseria meningitidis or its lipooligosaccharide (LOS) induced sPLA2-IIA synthesis. However, N. meningitidis mutant devoid of LOS did not abolish this effect. In addition, a pili-defective mutant exhibited significantly lower capacity to stimulate sPLA2-IIA synthesis than the wild-type strain. Moreover, pili isolated from a LOS-defective strain induced sPLA2-IIA expression and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappaB) activation. These data suggest that pili are potent inducers of sPLA2-IIA expression by AM, through a NF-kappaB-dependent process.