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Release of cholesterol-rich particles from the macrophage plasma membrane during movement of filopodia and lamellipodia

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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e50231 doi: 10.7554/eLife.50231

Abstract

Cultured mouse peritoneal macrophages release large numbers of ~30-nm cholesterol-rich particles. Here, we show that those particles represent fragments of the plasma membrane that are pulled away and left behind during the projection and retraction of filopodia and lamellipodia. Consistent with this finding, the particles are enriched in proteins found in focal adhesions, which attach macrophages to the substrate. The release of particles is abolished by blocking cell movement (either by depolymerizing actin with latrunculin A or by inhibiting myosin II with blebbistatin). Confocal microscopy and NanoSIMS imaging studies revealed that the plasma membrane–derived particles are enriched in 'accessible cholesterol' (a mobile pool of cholesterol detectable with the modified cytolysin ALO-D4) but not in sphingolipid-sequestered cholesterol (a pool detectable with ostreolysin A (OlyA)]. The discovery that macrophages release cholesterol-rich particles during cellular locomotion is likely relevant to cholesterol efflux and could contribute to extracellular cholesterol deposition in atherosclerotic plaques.

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  1. Xuchen Hu

    Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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  2. Thomas A Weston

    Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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  3. Cuiwen He

    Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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  4. Rachel S Jung

    Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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  5. Patrick J Heizer

    Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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  6. Brian D Young

    Department of Biological Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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  7. Yiping Tu

    Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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  8. Peter Tontonoz

    Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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    Peter Tontonoz, Reviewing editor, eLife.
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  9. James A Wohlschlegel

    Department of Biological Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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  10. Haibo Jiang

    Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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    haibo.jiang@uwa.edu.au
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  11. Stephen G Young

    Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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    sgyoung@mednet.ucla.edu
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  12. Loren G Fong

    Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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    lfong@mednet.ucla.edu
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Funding

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (HL090553)

  • Stephen G Young

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (HL087228)

  • Stephen G Young

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (HL125335))

  • Stephen G Young

Fondation Leducq (12CVD04).)

  • Stephen G Young

Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award (T32HL69766))

  • Xuchen Hu

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

Ethics

Animal experimentation: Animal housing and experimental protocols were approved by UCLA's Animal Research Committee (ARC; 2004-125-51). The animals were housed in an AAALAC (Association for Assessment andAccreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International)-approved facility and cared for accordingto guidelines established by UCLA's Animal Research Committee.

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  1. Fredric B Kraemer, Stanford University, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: July 16, 2019
  2. Accepted: September 4, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: September 5, 2019 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: September 18, 2019 (version 2)

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© 2019, Hu et al.

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