Increased activation and differentiated localization of native and phosphorylated STAT3 in nasal polyps

Robert Linke*, Ralph Pries, Michael Könnecke, Karl Ludwig Bruchhage, Robert Böscke, Maximilian Gebhard, Barbara Wollenberg

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Background: Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) is a multifactorial disease; the underlying mechanisms of cell signalling are not fully understood. STAT3 (signal transducer and activator of transcription 3) is a phosphokinase and a key signalling molecule implicated in cell cycle regulation. We studied the distribution and expression of STAT3 to examine the role of STAT3 in the pathogenesis of CRSwNP. Methods: We investigated tissue samples of the nasal polyps and inferior turbinate of patients with CRSwNP as well as samples of the inferior turbinate of subjects without chronic sinusitis. The expression levels of STAT3 and its activated form pSTAT3 were analysed using Western blotting, protein array, DNA microarray and immunohistochemistry. Results: No significant differences were found in STAT3-mRNA levels between the samples of nasal polyps and inferior turbinates of the same patient. However, the amount of pSTAT3 was increased in the polyp tissue compared to the inferior turbinates from both CRSwNP patients and control subjects (p < 0.01), indicating an activation of STAT3 in polyps. We identified a varying distribution pattern of pSTAT3; pSTAT3 was primarily found in superficial epithelial cells but not in the basal layer of the epithelium of the turbinate, whereas pSTAT3 was located in all layers of the epithelium of the polyp and mostly noted in the basal layer. Conclusions: Our results of the activation and varying localisation of STAT3 and its phosphorylated form in nasal polyps suggest that pSTAT3 plays a crucial role in the proliferative development of nasal polyps.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Archives of Allergy and Immunology
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)290-298
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 01.11.2013


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