Human Monocytes - CD14, CD16 - Ziegler-Heitbrock


Soluble form of the endothelial adhesion molecule CD146 binds preferentially CD16+ monocytes


The cell adhesion molecule CD146 is normally located at the endothelial cell-to-cell junction and colocalizes with actin cytoskeleton. The soluble form of CD146 (sCD146) has been identified in the endothelial cell supernatant and in normal human plasma, and is increased in pathologic conditions with altered endothelial function. Soluble CD146 binding to monocytes promotes their transendothelial migration, which represents a central step in the development of atherosclerotic plaque. Since peripheral blood monocytes are characterized by a phenotypic and functional heterogeneity, with different transendothelial migration capacity, we hypothesized that monocyte subsets differently bind sCD146. Based on surface CD14 and CD16 expression monocytes were distinguished by flow cytometry (FACS) into three subsets: CD14++/CD16-, CD14++/CD16+ and CD14+/CD16+. CD16+ monocytes have been found to possess higher transendothelial migration ability. FACS analysis on blood monocytes from 30 healthy subjects revealed that higher percentages of CD14++/CD16+ (median, first and third quartile: 2.26, 1.62-3.87) and of CD14+/CD16+ (2.59, 1.28-4.80) were positive for CD146 (both p < 0.01), in comparison to CD14++/CD16- (0.66, 0.47-1.01). Moreover, in vitro treatment of ficoll separated monocytes with recombinant CD146 showed that both CD16+ subsets increased their percentage of CD146-positive events compared to CD16- monocytes (p < 0.01). Soluble CD146 levels were evaluated by ELISA in plasma samples of subjects from our study group and showed a correlation with percentage of CD146-positive CD14+/CD16+ monocyte subset. In this work we have demonstrated that monocyte subsets behave differently with regard to their sCD146 binding activity; because binding of CD146 influences transendothelial migration of monocytes, modulation of monocyte-CD146 interaction may represent a potential target to limit atherosclerotic plaque development.

Authors: Garibaldi S, Barisione C, Ghigliotti G, Spallarossa P, Barsotti A, Fabbi P, Corsiglia L, Palmieri D, Palombo D, Brunelli C.
Journal: Mol Biol Rep.; 39(6):6745-52
Year: 2012
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