Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 22393044
J. Biol. Chem. 2012 May;287(20):16849-59
Group IVα phospholipase A(2) (PLA(2)IVα) is a lipolytic enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of membrane phospholipids to generate precursors of potent inflammatory lipid mediators. Here, the role of PLA(2)IVα in Fc receptor (FcR)-mediated phagocytosis was investigated, demonstrating that PLA(2)IVα is selectively activated upon FcR-mediated phagocytosis in macrophages and that it rapidly translocates to the site of the nascent phagosome. Moreover, pharmacological inhibition of PLA(2)IVα by pyrrophenone reduces particle internalization by up to 50%. In parallel, fibroblasts from PLA(2)IVα knock-out mice overexpressing FcγRIIA and able to internalize IgG-opsonized beads show 50% lower phagocytosis, compared with wild-type cells, and transfection of PLA(2)IVα fully recovers this impaired function. Interestingly, transfection of the catalytically inactive deleted PLA(2)IVα mutant (PLA(2)IVα(1-525)) and point mutant (PLA(2)IVα-S228C) also promotes recovery of this impaired function. Finally, transfection of the PLA(2)IVα C2 domain (which is directly involved in PLA(2)IVα membrane binding), but not of PLA(2)IVα-D43N (which cannot bind to membranes), rescues FcR-mediated phagocytosis. These data unveil a new mechanism of action for PLA(2)IVα, which demonstrates that the membrane binding, and not the enzymatic activity, is required for PLA(2)IVα modulation of FcR-mediated phagocytosis.