Microglia are both a source and target of extracellular cyclophilin A

Gurkiran Kaur Flora, Ryan S. Anderton, Bruno P. Meloni, Gilles J. Guillemin, Neville W. Knuckey, Gabriella MacDougall, Vance Matthews, Sherif Boulos

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Glioblastoma (GBM) are lethal primary brain tumours whose pathogenesis is aided, at least partly, via a pro-tumorigenic microenvironment. This study investigated whether microglia, a cell component of the GBM microenvironment, mediates pro-tumorigenic properties via the action of cyclophilin A (CypA), a potent secretable chemokine and cytoprotectant that signals via the cell surface receptor, CD147. To this end, intracellular and secreted CypA expression was assessed in human primary microglia and BV2 microglial cells treated with the endotoxin, lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and the oxidative stress inducer, LY83583. We report that human primary microglia and BV2 microglia both express CypA and CD147, and that BV2 microglial cells secrete CypA in response to pro-inflammatory and oxidative stimuli. We also demonstrate for the first time that recombinant CypA (rCypA; 1nM–1000nM) dose-dependently increased wound healing and reduced basal cell death in BV2 microglial cells. To determine the cell–signalling pathways involved, we probed microglial cell lysates for changes in ERK1/2 and AKT phosphorylation, IκB degradation, and IL-6 secretion using Western blot and ELISA analysis. In summary, BV2 microglial cells secrete CypA in response to inflammatory and oxidative stress, and that rCypA increases cell viability and chemotaxis. Our findings suggest that rCypA is a pro-survival chemokine for microglia that may influence the GBM tumour microenvironment.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere02390
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2019


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