White Rose University Consortium logo
University of Leeds logo University of Sheffield logo York University logo

Effective caspase inhibition blocks neutrophil apoptosis and reveals Mcl-1 as both a regulator and a target of neutrophil caspase activation

Wardle, D.J., Burgon, J., Sabroe, I., Bingle, C.D., Whyte, M.K.B. and Renshaw, S.A. (2011) Effective caspase inhibition blocks neutrophil apoptosis and reveals Mcl-1 as both a regulator and a target of neutrophil caspase activation. Plos One, 6 (1). Art no.e15768. ISSN 1932-6203


Download (378Kb)


Human tissue inflammation is terminated, at least in part, by the death of inflammatory neutrophils by apoptosis. The regulation of this process is therefore key to understanding and manipulating inflammation resolution. Previous data have suggested that the short-lived pro-survival Bcl-2 family protein, Mcl-1, is instrumental in determining neutrophil lifespan. However, Mcl-1 can be cleaved following caspase activity, and the possibility therefore remains that the observed fall in Mcl-1 levels is due to caspase activity downstream of caspase activation, rather than being a key event initiating apoptosis in human neutrophils. We demonstrate that apoptosis in highly purified neutrophils can be almost completely abrogated by caspase inhibition with the highly effective di-peptide caspase inhibitor, Q-VD. OPh, confirming the caspase dependence of neutrophil apoptosis. Effective caspase inhibition does not prevent the observed fall in Mcl-1 levels early in ultrapure neutrophil culture, suggesting that this fall in Mcl-1 levels is not a consequence of neutrophil apoptosis. However, at later timepoints, declines in Mcl-1 can be reversed with effective caspase inhibition, suggesting that Mcl-1 is both an upstream regulator and a downstream target of caspase activity in human neutrophils.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2011 Wardle et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Cell-Survival; Expression; Resolution; Cleavage; Inflammation; Receptor; Hypoxia; Death; Lipopolysaccharide; Granulocytes
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Medicine (Sheffield) > Department of Infection & Immunity
The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > School of Biological Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Biomedical Science (Sheffield) > Centre for Developmental Genetics (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > Centre for Developmental Genetics (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2011 16:13
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2014 01:09
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0015768
Status: Published
Publisher: Public Library Science
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0015768
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/42901

Actions (repository staff only: login required)