CPT1a gene expression reverses the inflammatory and anti-phagocytic effect of 7-ketocholesterol in RAW264.7 macrophages.

Lipids in health and disease (2019-12-12)
Priscila Calle, Angeles Muñoz, Anna Sola, Georgina Hotter

Macrophage are specialized cells that contributes to the removal of detrimental contents via phagocytosis. Lipid accumulation in macrophages, whether from phagocytosis of dying cells or from circulating oxidized low-density lipoproteins, alters macrophage biology and functionality. It is known that carnitine palmitoyl transferase 1-a (CPT1a) gene encodes an enzyme involved in fatty acid oxidation and, therefore, lipid content. However, the potential of CPT1a to activate macrophage phagocytic function have not been elucidated. Using a murine macrophage cell line, RAW264.7, we determine if intracellular accumulation of 7-ketocholesterol (7-KC) modulates macrophage phagocytic function through CPT1a gene expression. In addition, the effects of CPT1a genetic modification on macrophage phenotype and phagocytosis has been studied. Our results revealed that CPT1a gene expression decreased by the accumulation of 7-KC at the higher dose of 7-KC. This was concomitant with an impair ability to phagocytize bioparticles and an inflammatory phenotype. GW3965 treatment, which have shown to facilitate the efflux of cholesterol, eliminated the intracellular lipid droplets of 7-KC-laden macrophages, increased the gene expression of CPT1a, diminished the gene expression of the inflammatory marker iNOS and restored macrophage phagocytosis. Furthermore, CPT1a Knockdown per se was detrimental for macrophage phagocytosis whereas transcriptional activation of CPT1a heightened the uptake of bioparticles. Altogether, our findings indicate that downregulation of CPT1a by lipid content modulates macrophage phagocytosis and inflammatory phenotype.

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