Biochemical and biophysical research communications

Expression of a p67(phox) homolog in Caco-2 cells giving O(2)(-)-reconstituting ability to cytochrome b(558) together with recombinant p47(phox).

PMID 12207919


Human normal and transformed (Caco-2) colon tissues as well as guinea pig gastric mucosal cells express Nox1, which is a homolog of the phagocyte NADPH oxidase subunit, gp91(phox) of membrane-bound cytochrome b(558). It was reported that Nox1-transfection to NIH 3T3 cells could provide O(2)(-)-generating ability, independently of regulatory cytosolic factors (Rac2, p67(phox), and p47(phox)) that are obligatory in the phagocyte oxidase system. Here, we detected and sequenced a p67(phox) homolog in Caco-2 almost identical to the neutrophil sequence, except for three nucleotide substitutions, two of which changed lysines 181 and 328 to arginines. Investigation of its ability to support O(2)(-)-generation in cell-free reconstitution experiments combining with neutrophil cytochrome b(558) showed O(2)(-)-generation, provided that recombinant p47(phox) was added. This result demonstrates that the intrinsic p67(phox) homolog of Caco-2 was able to function as a phagocyte p67(phox) for cytochrome b(558). The requirement of p47(phox) addition suggested that this component was absent in Caco-2 cells. Caco-2 membranes, used as a source of Nox1 in place of cytochrome b(558), did not show significant O(2)(-)-generation, which was mainly explained by their very little Nox1 expression.