PLCE1 alleviates lipopolysaccharide-induced acute lung injury by inhibiting PKC and NF-κB signaling pathways

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Xianpeng Qiu
Jijun Chen
Jinsong Li
Linyan Pan


acute lung injury, phospholipase C epsilon-1, LPS, PKC, NF-κB


Background: Acute lung injury (ALI) is a clinical syndrome characterized by hyperosmotic pulmonary edema and increased alveolar fluid. Phospholipase C epsilon-1 (PLCE1), identified as a member of phospholipase family, and the relationship between PLCE1 and lung injury is not clear.

Objective: To assess the possible role of Phospholipase C Epsilon 1 (PLCE1) in Acute lung injury (ALI) progression and related mechanisms.

Materials and methods: The effects of LPS and PLCE1 on cell viability and apoptosis were examined by MTT and flow cytometry. Also, the level of PLCE1 was controlled by transfection of its plasmid and shRNA. The inflammatory response in response to PLCE1 overexpression or ablation was analyzed by quantitative PCR and ELISA assay. And the involvement of PKC and NF-κB signal pathway were detected by Immunoblot.

Results: In this study, we developed a LPS-induced ALI cell model. We found PLCE1 was upregulated in LPS-induced pneumonia cells and affected cell viability. Also, knockdown of PLCE1 reduced LPS-induced apoptosis of pneumonia cells. In addition, depletion of PLCE1 suppressed LPS-induced secretion of proinflammatory cytokines in pneumonia cells. Mechanically, we found depletion of PLCE1 inhibited PKC and NF-κB signal pathway, and therefore alleviated LPS-induced ALI.

Conclusion: We therefore thought PLCE1 could serve as a promising drug for ALI.

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