Spiral ligament fibrocytes release chemokines in response to otitis media pathogens

Sung Kyun Moon, Raekil Park, Haa Yung Lee, Gyu June Nam, Kiweon Cha, Ali Andalibi, David J. Lim

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Conclusion. Spiral ligament fibrocytes (SLFs) may be involved in the innate immune response of the inner ear by producing chemoattractants for recruiting inflammatory cells such as neutrophils and monocytes. Objective. The purpose of this study was to investigate the cellular responses of SLFs when challenged by inflammatory stimuli such as components of otitis media pathogens or proinflammatory cytokines. Materials and methods. To detect released inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, cells were treated for 48 h with whole lysates of nontypable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi), Streptococcus pneumoniae , or with interleukin 1 alpha (IL-1α). The culture medium was then collected and applied to protein arrays. To compare mRNA levels of chemokines, total RNA was extracted after 3 h of treatment with the above agents, and quantitative real-time PCR was performed. Results. Protein array analysis showed that in response to NTHi or S. pneumoniae , rat SLFs released monocyte chemotactic protein 1, macrophage inflammatory protein 3 alpha, TNF-α, and cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant 2 and 3. Treatment with IL-1α, on the other hand, resulted in release of MCP-1 but not the other molecules. Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase 1 and vascular endothelial growth factor were released regardless of the inflammatory stimulus used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)564-569
Number of pages6
JournalActa Oto-Laryngologica
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant
  • Interleukin-1
  • Monocyte chemotactic protein
  • Nontypable Haemophilus influenzae
  • Otitis media
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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