The Role Of Serum Amyloid A In Inflammatory Disease - Proinflammatory Mediator Or Inert Biomarker?

by Björkman, Lena, PhD

Abstract (Summary)
Abstract: Neutrophils are phagocytes of the innate immune system with prominent roles in host defense and are also believed to be important in autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by accumulating in inflamed joints and contribute to tissues destruction. Neutrophils differentiate in the bone-marrow and are mature cells when entering circulation with a cytoplasm packed with granules that contain toxic substances in addition to receptors that can be up-regulated to the cell surface during activation. Migration into the affected tissue is directed by mediators from the inflamed site which guides neutrophils along a chemotactic gradient and transfers the cell from resting- into a primed state. The inflammatory process triggers a systemic acute phase response characterized by the production of acute phase proteins (APP). The most prominent APP is serum amyloid A (SAA), the concentration of which can increase thousand fold in response to infection, aseptic inflammation or trauma. Patients with RA often have chronically elevated SAA in blood and joints and SAA has been implicated in the pathogenesis of RA. Recombinant SAA (rSAA) has been suggested to possess proinflammatory activities and act as a chemoattractant for neutrophils via a receptor called FPR2. A peptide (PBP10) with intracellular inhibitory activity was shown to allow discrimination between neutrophil signals mediated by FPR2 and the closely related FPR1. Next, the receptor specificity for rSAA was studied by use of PBP10 and another FPR2 specific inhibitor WRW4. rSAA affinity for FPR2 in transfected cell lines was corroborated and rSAA indeed activated primary human neutrophils. However, FPR2 was not responsible for mediating activation of primary human neutrophils by rSAA. Next, proinflammatory activity of rSAA was compared to that of endogenous SAA in circulation of RA patients. Using a sensitive marker for neutrophil activation in peripheral blood, endogenous SAA in circulation lacked proinflammatory activity and thus differed functionally from rSAA. Synovial neutrophils from patients with inflammatory arthritis and elevated SAA in joint fluid were next studied with respect to activation status. Synovial neutrophils displayed a surprisingly resting phenotype despite having transmigrated from peripheral blood to a compartment with endogenous SAA. Endogenous SAA, both in circulation and in joints, lack the proinflammatory properties present in the recombinant molecule. Key-words: neutrophils, serum amyloid A, rheumatoid arthritis ISBN: 978-91-628-8050-7
Bibliographical Information:


School:Göteborgs universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:MEDICINE; neutrophils; serum amyloid A; rheumatoid arthritis


Date of Publication:01/01/2010

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