Stimulation of adenosine A2A receptor inhibits LPS-induced expression of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 and production of TNF-α in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells

Ryosuke Hamano, Hideo Kohka Takahashi, Hiromi Iwagaki, Toru Kanke, Keyue Liu, Tadashi Yoshino, Toshiaki Sendo, Masahiro Nishibori, Noriaki Tanaka

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LPS stimulates CD14/Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4, leading to induce TNF-α production. Cell-to-cell interaction through the engagement between intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM) 1 on monocytes and its ligand on T cells has been suggested to play a role in the TNF-α production by LPS-treated human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). Adenosine is reported to inhibit LPS-induced TNF-α production. However, little is known about the mechanism of the inhibitory effects induced by adenosine on the LPS-induced immune responses. We found that adenosine inhibited the expression of ICAM-1 and the production of TNF-α by human PBMC via adenosine A2A receptor in the presence of LPS. However, the stimulation of A1R or A3R enhanced the actions of adenosine. Adenosine had no effect on the expression of CD14 and TLR-4, suggesting that the inhibitory effects of adenosine on the LPS actions might be independent of the expression of CD14 and TLR-4. Thus, adenosine differentially regulates the expression of ICAM-1 and the production of TNF-α through plural subtypes of receptors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-159
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008



  • A
  • A receptor
  • Adenosine
  • Adenosine A
  • CD14 Toll-like receptor 4
  • Intercellular adhesion molecule 1
  • LPS
  • Monocyte

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Physiology

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