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Control Of Antiviral Innate Immune Response By Protein Geranylgeranylation, Shigao Yang, Zhaozhao Jiang, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Donghai Wang 2019 Duke University

Control Of Antiviral Innate Immune Response By Protein Geranylgeranylation, Shigao Yang, Zhaozhao Jiang, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Donghai Wang

Katherine A. Fitzgerald

The mitochondrial antiviral signaling protein (MAVS) orchestrates host antiviral innate immune response to RNA virus infection. However, how MAVS signaling is controlled to eradicate virus while preventing self-destructive inflammation remains obscure. Here, we show that protein geranylgeranylation, a posttranslational lipid modification of proteins, limits MAVS-mediated immune signaling by targeting Rho family small guanosine triphosphatase Rac1 into the mitochondria-associated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membranes (MAMs) at the mitochondria-ER junction. Protein geranylgeranylation and subsequent palmitoylation promote Rac1 translocation into MAMs upon viral infection. MAM-localized Rac1 limits MAVS' interaction with E3 ligase Trim31 and hence inhibits MAVS ubiquitination, aggregation, and activation. Rac1 also facilitates ...


Lipoprotein(A) Plasma Levels, Bone Mineral Density And Risk Of Hip Fracture: A Post Hoc Analysis Of The Women's Health Initiative, Usa, Bernhard Haring, Carolyn J. Crandall, Laura Carbone, Simin Liu, Wenjun Li, Karen C. Johnson, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Aladdin H. Shadyab, Margery L. Gass, Victor Kamensky, Jane A. Cauley, Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller 2019 University of Würzburg

Lipoprotein(A) Plasma Levels, Bone Mineral Density And Risk Of Hip Fracture: A Post Hoc Analysis Of The Women's Health Initiative, Usa, Bernhard Haring, Carolyn J. Crandall, Laura Carbone, Simin Liu, Wenjun Li, Karen C. Johnson, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Aladdin H. Shadyab, Margery L. Gass, Victor Kamensky, Jane A. Cauley, Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller

Wenjun Li

OBJECTIVES: Elevated Lipoprotein(a) (Lp[a]) is a well-known risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, its roles in bone metabolism and fracture risk are unclear. We therefore investigated whether plasma Lp(a) levels were associated with bone mineral density (BMD) and incident hip fractures in a large cohort of postmenopausal women.

DESIGN: Post hoc analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), USA.

SETTING: 40 clinical centres in the USA.

PARTICIPANTS: The current analytical cohort consisted of 9698 white, postmenopausal women enrolled in the WHI, a national prospective study investigating determinants of chronic diseases including heart disease, breast ...


A Novel Phox/Cd38/Mcoln1/Tfeb Axis Important For Macrophage Activation During Bacterial Phagocytosis, Mehran Najibi, Joseph A. Moreau, Havisha H. Honwad, Javier E. Irazoqui 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

A Novel Phox/Cd38/Mcoln1/Tfeb Axis Important For Macrophage Activation During Bacterial Phagocytosis, Mehran Najibi, Joseph A. Moreau, Havisha H. Honwad, Javier E. Irazoqui

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Macrophages are a key and heterogenous class of phagocytic cells of the innate immune system, which act as sentinels in peripheral tissues and are mobilized during infection. Macrophage activation in the presence of bacterial cells and molecules entails specific and complex programs of gene expression. How such triggers elicit the gene expression programs is incompletely understood. We previously discovered that transcription factor TFEB is a key contributor to macrophage activation during bacterial phagocytosis. However, the mechanism linking phagocytosis of bacterial cells to TFEB activation remained unknown. In this article, we describe a previously unknown pathway that links phagocytosis with the ...


Control Of Antiviral Innate Immune Response By Protein Geranylgeranylation, Shigao Yang, Zhaozhao Jiang, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Donghai Wang 2019 Duke University

Control Of Antiviral Innate Immune Response By Protein Geranylgeranylation, Shigao Yang, Zhaozhao Jiang, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Donghai Wang

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The mitochondrial antiviral signaling protein (MAVS) orchestrates host antiviral innate immune response to RNA virus infection. However, how MAVS signaling is controlled to eradicate virus while preventing self-destructive inflammation remains obscure. Here, we show that protein geranylgeranylation, a posttranslational lipid modification of proteins, limits MAVS-mediated immune signaling by targeting Rho family small guanosine triphosphatase Rac1 into the mitochondria-associated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membranes (MAMs) at the mitochondria-ER junction. Protein geranylgeranylation and subsequent palmitoylation promote Rac1 translocation into MAMs upon viral infection. MAM-localized Rac1 limits MAVS' interaction with E3 ligase Trim31 and hence inhibits MAVS ubiquitination, aggregation, and activation. Rac1 also facilitates ...


Regional Vitiligo Induced By Imiquimod Treatment For In-Transit Melanoma Metastases, Elizabeth Tkachenko, Jennifer Y. Lin, Rebecca I. Hartman 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Regional Vitiligo Induced By Imiquimod Treatment For In-Transit Melanoma Metastases, Elizabeth Tkachenko, Jennifer Y. Lin, Rebecca I. Hartman

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Imiquimod is a topical immunomodulator used for the treatment of viral warts and superficial basal cell carcinoma and as an emerging therapy for lentigo maligna and cutaneous melanoma metastases. Vitiligo-like depigmentation has been described as a local adverse effect of topical imiquimod therapy for melanoma1 and at distant sites in patients treated with combination topical monobenzone-imiquimod for metastatic melanoma.2 We present a case in which topical imiquimod resulted in both the resolution of in-transit metastatic melanoma and the depigmentation of local and regional skin, suggesting a regional lymphatic effect of this localized topical treatment.


Lipoprotein(A) Plasma Levels, Bone Mineral Density And Risk Of Hip Fracture: A Post Hoc Analysis Of The Women's Health Initiative, Usa, Bernhard Haring, Carolyn J. Crandall, Laura Carbone, Simin Liu, Wenjun Li, Karen C. Johnson, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Aladdin H. Shadyab, Margery L. Gass, Victor Kamensky, Jane A. Cauley, Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller 2019 University of Würzburg

Lipoprotein(A) Plasma Levels, Bone Mineral Density And Risk Of Hip Fracture: A Post Hoc Analysis Of The Women's Health Initiative, Usa, Bernhard Haring, Carolyn J. Crandall, Laura Carbone, Simin Liu, Wenjun Li, Karen C. Johnson, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Aladdin H. Shadyab, Margery L. Gass, Victor Kamensky, Jane A. Cauley, Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller

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OBJECTIVES: Elevated Lipoprotein(a) (Lp[a]) is a well-known risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, its roles in bone metabolism and fracture risk are unclear. We therefore investigated whether plasma Lp(a) levels were associated with bone mineral density (BMD) and incident hip fractures in a large cohort of postmenopausal women.

DESIGN: Post hoc analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), USA.

SETTING: 40 clinical centres in the USA.

PARTICIPANTS: The current analytical cohort consisted of 9698 white, postmenopausal women enrolled in the WHI, a national prospective study investigating determinants of chronic diseases including heart disease, breast ...


Exploiting Unique Biological Features Of Leukemia Stem Cells For Therapeutic Benefit, Haojian Zhang, Shaoguang Li 2019 Wuhan University

Exploiting Unique Biological Features Of Leukemia Stem Cells For Therapeutic Benefit, Haojian Zhang, Shaoguang Li

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Cancer stem cells play a critical role in disease initiation and insensitivity to chemotherapy in numerous hematologic malignancies and some solid tumors, and these stem cells need to be eradicated to achieve a cure. Key to successful targeting of cancer stem cells is to identify and functionally test critical target genes and to fully understand their associated molecular network in these stem cells. Human chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is well accepted as one of the typical types of hematopoietic malignancies that are derived from leukemia stem cells (LSCs), serving as an excellent model disease for understanding the biology of LSCs ...


The Role Of Platelets In Mediating A Response To Human Influenza Infection, Milka Koupenova-Zamor, Heather A. Corkrey, Olga Vitseva, Giorgia Manni, Catherine J. Pang, Lauren Clancy, Chen Yao, Jeffrey J. Rade, Daniel Levy, Jennifer P. Wang, Robert W. Finberg, Evelyn A. Kurt-Jones, Jane E. Freedman 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Role Of Platelets In Mediating A Response To Human Influenza Infection, Milka Koupenova-Zamor, Heather A. Corkrey, Olga Vitseva, Giorgia Manni, Catherine J. Pang, Lauren Clancy, Chen Yao, Jeffrey J. Rade, Daniel Levy, Jennifer P. Wang, Robert W. Finberg, Evelyn A. Kurt-Jones, Jane E. Freedman

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Influenza infection increases the incidence of myocardial infarction but the reason is unknown. Platelets mediate vascular occlusion through thrombotic functions but are also recognized to have immunomodulatory activity. To determine if platelet processes are activated during influenza infection, we collected blood from 18 patients with acute influenza infection. Microscopy reveals activated platelets, many containing viral particles and extracellular-DNA associated with platelets. To understand the mechanism, we isolate human platelets and treat them with influenza A virus. Viral-engulfment leads to C3 release from platelets as a function of TLR7 and C3 leads to neutrophil-DNA release and aggregation. TLR7 specificity is confirmed ...


Constitutive Interferon Signaling Maintains Critical Threshold Of Mlkl Expression To License Necroptosis, Joseph Sarhan, Beiyun C. Liu, Hayley I. Muendlein, Chi G. Weindel, Irina Smirnova, Amy Y. Tang, Vladimir Ilyukha, Maxim Sorokin, Anton Buzdin, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Alexander Poltorak 2019 Tufts University

Constitutive Interferon Signaling Maintains Critical Threshold Of Mlkl Expression To License Necroptosis, Joseph Sarhan, Beiyun C. Liu, Hayley I. Muendlein, Chi G. Weindel, Irina Smirnova, Amy Y. Tang, Vladimir Ilyukha, Maxim Sorokin, Anton Buzdin, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Alexander Poltorak

Katherine A. Fitzgerald

Interferons (IFNs) are critical determinants in immune-competence and autoimmunity, and are endogenously regulated by a low-level constitutive feedback loop. However, little is known about the functions and origins of constitutive IFN. Recently, lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced IFN was implicated as a driver of necroptosis, a necrotic form of cell death downstream of receptor-interacting protein (RIP) kinase activation and executed by mixed lineage kinase like-domain (MLKL) protein. We found that the pre-established IFN status of the cell, instead of LPS-induced IFN, is critical for the early initiation of necroptosis in macrophages. This pre-established IFN signature stems from cytosolic DNA sensing via cGAS ...


Streptolysin O Induces The Ubiquitination And Degradation Of Pro-Il-1beta, Dora Hancz, Elsa Westerlund, Christine Valfridsson, Getachew Melkamu Aemero, Benedicte Bastiat-Sempe, M. Pontus A. Orning, Egil Lien, Michael R. Wessels, Jenny J. Persson 2019 Lund University

Streptolysin O Induces The Ubiquitination And Degradation Of Pro-Il-1beta, Dora Hancz, Elsa Westerlund, Christine Valfridsson, Getachew Melkamu Aemero, Benedicte Bastiat-Sempe, M. Pontus A. Orning, Egil Lien, Michael R. Wessels, Jenny J. Persson

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Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is a common and versatile human pathogen causing a variety of diseases. One of the many virulence factors of GAS is the secreted pore-forming cytotoxin streptolysin O (SLO), which has been ascribed multiple properties, including inflammasome activation leading to release of the potent inflammatory cytokine IL-1beta from infected macrophages. IL-1beta is synthesized as an inactive pro-form, which is activated intracellularly through proteolytic cleavage. Here, we use a macrophage infection model to show that SLO specifically induces ubiquitination and degradation of pro-IL-1beta. Ubiquitination was dependent on SLO being released from the infecting bacterium, and pore formation by ...


The Tlr4 Adaptor Tram Controls The Phagocytosis Of Gram-Negative Bacteria By Interacting With The Rab11-Family Interacting Protein 2, Astrid Skjesol, Douglas T. Golenbock, Harald Husebye 2019 Norwegian University of Science and Technology

The Tlr4 Adaptor Tram Controls The Phagocytosis Of Gram-Negative Bacteria By Interacting With The Rab11-Family Interacting Protein 2, Astrid Skjesol, Douglas T. Golenbock, Harald Husebye

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Phagocytosis is a complex process that eliminates microbes and is performed by specialised cells such as macrophages. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) is expressed on the surface of macrophages and recognizes Gram-negative bacteria. Moreover, TLR4 has been suggested to play a role in the phagocytosis of Gram-negative bacteria, but the mechanisms remain unclear. Here we have used primary human macrophages and engineered THP-1 monocytes to show that the TLR4 sorting adapter, TRAM, is instrumental for phagocytosis of Escherichia coli as well as Staphylococcus aureus. We find that TRAM forms a complex with Rab11 family interacting protein 2 (FIP2) that is recruited ...


The Immune Checkpoint Molecules Pd-1, Pd-L1, Tim-3 And Lag-3 In Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, Benjamin J. Chen, Ravi Dashnamoorthy, Pallavi Galera, Vladislav Makarenko, Hong Chang, Srimoyee Ghosh, Andrew M. Evens 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Immune Checkpoint Molecules Pd-1, Pd-L1, Tim-3 And Lag-3 In Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, Benjamin J. Chen, Ravi Dashnamoorthy, Pallavi Galera, Vladislav Makarenko, Hong Chang, Srimoyee Ghosh, Andrew M. Evens

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Signaling through immune checkpoint receptors may lead to T-cell exhaustion and function as immune escape mechanisms in cancer. For diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), the mechanistic and prognostic importance of these markers on tumor cells and the tumor microenvironment remains unclear. We determined the immunohistochemical expression of PD-1, PD-L1, TIM-3, and LAG-3 on tumor cells and on tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) among 123 DLBCL patients. TIM-3 showed positive staining on tumor cells in 39% of DLBCL cases and PD-L1 expression was noted in 15% of cases. Both PD-1 and LAG-3 were positive on tumor cells in a minority of DLBCL ...


Targeting Lipooligosaccharide (Los) For A Gonococcal Vaccine, Sunita Gulati, Jutamas Shaughnessy, Sanjay Ram, Peter A. Rice 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Targeting Lipooligosaccharide (Los) For A Gonococcal Vaccine, Sunita Gulati, Jutamas Shaughnessy, Sanjay Ram, Peter A. Rice

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The increasing incidence of gonorrhea worldwide and the global spread of multidrug-resistant strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, constitute a public health emergency. With dwindling antibiotic treatment options, there is an urgent need to develop safe and effective vaccines. Gonococcal lipooligosaccharides (LOSs) are potential vaccine candidates because they are densely represented on the bacterial surface and are readily accessible as targets of adaptive immunity. Less well-understood is whether LOSs evoke protective immune responses. Although gonococcal LOS-derived oligosaccharides (OSs) are major immune targets, often they undergo phase variation, a feature that seemingly makes LOS less desirable as a vaccine candidate. However, the identification ...


The Tec Kinase Itk Is Essential For Ilc2 Survival And Epithelial Integrity In The Intestine, Hyoung-Soo Cho, Andrea Reboldi, Jason A. Hall, Leslie J. Berg 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Tec Kinase Itk Is Essential For Ilc2 Survival And Epithelial Integrity In The Intestine, Hyoung-Soo Cho, Andrea Reboldi, Jason A. Hall, Leslie J. Berg

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Innate lymphoid cells (ILC) are lymphocytes that lack an antigen-specific receptor and are preferentially localized in non-lymphoid tissues, such as mucosal barriers. In these locations ILC respond to tissue perturbations by producing factors that promote tissue repair and improve barrier integrity. We show that mice lacking the Tec kinase ITK have impaired intestinal tissue integrity, and a reduced ability to restore homeostasis after tissue damage. This defect is associated with a substantial loss of Type 2 ILC (ILC2) in the intestinal lamina propria. Adoptive transfer of bone marrow ILC2 precursors confirms a cell-intrinsic role for ITK. Intestinal ILC2 numbers in ...


Comparison Of Immune Responses To Different Versions Of Vlp Associated Stabilized Rsv Pre-Fusion F Protein, Lori M. Cullen, Madelyn R. Schmidt, Gretel M. Torres, Adam A. Capoferri, Trudy G. Morrison 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Comparison Of Immune Responses To Different Versions Of Vlp Associated Stabilized Rsv Pre-Fusion F Protein, Lori M. Cullen, Madelyn R. Schmidt, Gretel M. Torres, Adam A. Capoferri, Trudy G. Morrison

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Efforts to develop a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have primarily focused on the RSV fusion protein. The pre-fusion conformation of this protein induces the most potent neutralizing antibodies and is the focus of recent efforts in vaccine development. Following the first identification of mutations in the RSV F protein (DS-Cav1 mutant protein) that stabilized the pre-fusion conformation, other mutant stabilized pre-fusion F proteins have been described. To determine if there are differences in alternate versions of stabilized pre-fusion F proteins, we explored the use, as vaccine candidates, of virus-like particles (VLPs) containing five different pre-fusion F proteins, including ...


The Neutrophil-To-Lymphocyte And Monocyte-To-Lymphocyte Ratios Are Independently Associated With Neurological Disability And Brain Atrophy In Multiple Sclerosis, Christopher C. Hemond, Bonnie I. Glanz, Rohit Bakshi, Tanuja Chitnis, Brian C. Healy 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Neutrophil-To-Lymphocyte And Monocyte-To-Lymphocyte Ratios Are Independently Associated With Neurological Disability And Brain Atrophy In Multiple Sclerosis, Christopher C. Hemond, Bonnie I. Glanz, Rohit Bakshi, Tanuja Chitnis, Brian C. Healy

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BACKGROUND: Serum hematological indices such as the neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) or monocyte-lymphocyte ratio (MLR) have been used as biomarkers of pathogenic inflammation and prognostication in multiple areas of medicine; recent evidence shows correlation with psychological parameters as well.

OBJECTIVES/AIMS: To characterize clinical, neuroimaging, and psycho-neuro-immunological associations with NLR and MLR in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS).

METHODS: We identified a large cohort of clinically well-defined patients from our longitudinal database that included MS-related outcomes, disease-modifying therapy, patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures, and quantified cerebral MRI at 1.5 T. We queried hospital records for complete blood counts within 2 months ...


Compartmentalization Of Immune Response And Microbial Translocation In Decompensated Cirrhosis, Camila Alvarez-Silva, Robert Schierwagen, Alessandra Pohlmann, Fernando Magdaleno, Frank E. Uschner, Patrick Ryan, Maria J.G.T. Vehreschild, Joan Claria, Eicke Latz, Benjamin Lelouvier, Manimozhiyan Arumugam, Jonel Trebicka 2019 University of Copenhagen

Compartmentalization Of Immune Response And Microbial Translocation In Decompensated Cirrhosis, Camila Alvarez-Silva, Robert Schierwagen, Alessandra Pohlmann, Fernando Magdaleno, Frank E. Uschner, Patrick Ryan, Maria J.G.T. Vehreschild, Joan Claria, Eicke Latz, Benjamin Lelouvier, Manimozhiyan Arumugam, Jonel Trebicka

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Background: Acquired dysfunctional immunity in cirrhosis predisposes patients to frequent bacterial infections, especially spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP), leading to systemic inflammation that is associated with poor outcome. But systemic inflammation can also be found in the absence of a confirmed infection. Detection of bacterial DNA has been investigated as a marker of SBP and as a predictor of prognosis. Data is, however, contradictory. Here we investigated whether levels of IL-6 and IL-8 putatively produced by myeloid cells in ascites are associated with systemic inflammation and whether inflammation depends on the presence of specific bacterial DNA.

Methods and Materials: We enrolled ...


No Detection Of Cd4-Independent Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 Envelope Glycoproteins In Brain Tissue Of Patients With Or Without Neurological Complications, Briana Quitadamo, Paul J. Peters, Matthew Koch, Katherine Luzuriaga, Cecilia Cheng-Mayer, Paul R. Clapham, Maria Paz Gonzalez-Perez 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

No Detection Of Cd4-Independent Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 Envelope Glycoproteins In Brain Tissue Of Patients With Or Without Neurological Complications, Briana Quitadamo, Paul J. Peters, Matthew Koch, Katherine Luzuriaga, Cecilia Cheng-Mayer, Paul R. Clapham, Maria Paz Gonzalez-Perez

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Macrophage (mac)-tropic human immnunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and simian immnunodeficiency virus (SIV) in brain are associated with neurological disease. Mac-tropic HIV-1 evolves enhanced CD4 interactions that enable macrophage infection via CD4, which is in low abundance. In contrast, mac-tropic SIV is associated with CD4-independent infection via direct CCR5 binding. Recently, mac-tropic simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) from macaque brain was also reported to infect cells via CCR5 without CD4. Since SHIV envelope proteins (Envs) are derived from HIV-1, we tested more than 100 HIV-1 clade B Envs for infection of CD4-negative, CCR5(+) Cf2Th/CCR5 cells. However, no infection was ...


Candida Albicans Factor H Binding Molecule Hgt1p - A Low Glucose-Induced Transmembrane Protein Is Trafficked To The Cell Wall And Impairs Phagocytosis And Killing By Human Neutrophils, Samyr Kenno, Cornelia Speth, Gunter Rambach, Ulrike Binder, Sneha Chatterjee, Rita Caramalho, Hubertus Haas, Cornelia Lass-Florl, Jutamas Shaughnessy, Sanjay Ram, Neil A.R. Gow, Dorothea Orth-Holler, Reinhard Wurzner 2019 Medical University of Innsbruck

Candida Albicans Factor H Binding Molecule Hgt1p - A Low Glucose-Induced Transmembrane Protein Is Trafficked To The Cell Wall And Impairs Phagocytosis And Killing By Human Neutrophils, Samyr Kenno, Cornelia Speth, Gunter Rambach, Ulrike Binder, Sneha Chatterjee, Rita Caramalho, Hubertus Haas, Cornelia Lass-Florl, Jutamas Shaughnessy, Sanjay Ram, Neil A.R. Gow, Dorothea Orth-Holler, Reinhard Wurzner

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Complement is a tightly controlled arm of the innate immune system, facilitating phagocytosis and killing of invading pathogens. Factor H (FH) is the main fluid-phase inhibitor of the alternative pathway. Many pathogens can hijack FH from the host and protect themselves from complement-dependent killing. Candida albicans is a clinically important opportunistic yeast, expressing different FH binding molecules on its cell surface, which allow complement evasion. One such FH binding molecule is the transmembrane protein "High affinity glucose transporter 1" (Hgt1p), involved in glucose metabolism. This study demonstrated that Hgt1p transcription and expression is induced and highest at the low, but ...


Evolution Of The Exclusively Human Pathogen Neisseria Gonorrhoeae: Human-Specific Engagement Of Immunoregulatory Siglecs, Corinna S. Landig, Ashley Hazel, Benjamin P. Kellman, Jerry J. Fong, Flavio Schwarz, Sarika Agarwal, Nissi Varki, Paola Massari, Nathan E. Lewis, Sanjay Ram, Ajit Varki 2019 University of California - San Diego

Evolution Of The Exclusively Human Pathogen Neisseria Gonorrhoeae: Human-Specific Engagement Of Immunoregulatory Siglecs, Corinna S. Landig, Ashley Hazel, Benjamin P. Kellman, Jerry J. Fong, Flavio Schwarz, Sarika Agarwal, Nissi Varki, Paola Massari, Nathan E. Lewis, Sanjay Ram, Ajit Varki

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Neisseria gonorrhoeae causes the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea exclusively in humans and uses multiple strategies to infect, including acquisition of host sialic acids that cap and mask lipooligosaccharide termini, while restricting complement activation. We hypothesized that gonococci selectively target human anti-inflammatory sialic acid-recognizing Siglec receptors on innate immune cells to blunt host responses and that pro-inflammatory Siglecs and SIGLEC pseudogene polymorphisms represent host evolutionary adaptations to counteract this interaction. N. gonorrhoeae can indeed engage multiple human but not chimpanzee CD33rSiglecs expressed on innate immune cells and in the genitourinary tract--including Siglec-11 (inhibitory) and Siglec-16 (activating), which we detected for the ...


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