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cGAS Sting

Pei-Hui Wang, Sin-Yee Fung, Wei-Wei Gao, Jian-Jun Deng, Yun Cheng, Vidyanath Chaudhary, Kit-San Yuen, Ting-Hin Ho, Ching-Ping Chan, Yan Zhang, Kin-Hang Kok, Wanling Yang, Chi-Ping Chan, Dong-Yan Jin
STING is a core adaptor in innate nucleic acid sensing in mammalian cells, on which different sensing pathways converge to induce type I interferon (IFN) production. Particularly, STING is activated by 2'3'-cGAMP, a cyclic dinucleotide containing mixed phosphodiester linkages and produced by cytoplasmic DNA sensor cGAS. Here, we reported on a novel transcript isoform of STING designated STING-β that dominantly inhibits innate nucleic acid sensing. STING-β without transmembrane domains was widely expressed at low levels in various human tissues and viral induction of STING-β correlated inversely with IFN-β production...
March 14, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Jarrod S Johnson, Sasha Y Lucas, Lynn M Amon, Stephanie Skelton, Rodolfo Nazitto, Sara Carbonetti, D Noah Sather, Dan R Littman, Alan Aderem
Myeloid dendritic cells (DCs) have the innate capacity to sense pathogens and orchestrate immune responses. However, DCs do not mount efficient immune responses to HIV-1, primarily due to restriction of virus reverse transcription, which prevents accumulation of viral cDNA and limits its detection through the cGAS-STING pathway. By allowing reverse transcription to proceed, we find that DCs detect HIV-1 in distinct phases, before and after virus integration. Blocking integration suppresses, but does not abolish, activation of the transcription factor IRF3, downstream interferon (IFN) responses, and DC maturation...
March 14, 2018: Cell Host & Microbe
Michelle Brault, Tayla M Olsen, Jennifer Martinez, Daniel B Stetson, Andrew Oberst
The sensing of viral nucleic acids within the cytosol is essential for the induction of innate immune responses following infection. However, this sensing occurs within cells that have already been infected. The death of infected cells can be beneficial to the host by eliminating the virus's replicative niche and facilitating the release of inflammatory mediators. In this study, we show that sensing of intracellular DNA or RNA by cGAS-STING or RIG-I-MAVS, respectively, leads to activation of RIPK3 and necroptosis in bone marrow-derived macrophages...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Ke Zhao, Juan Du, Yanfeng Peng, Peng Li, Shaohua Wang, Yu Wang, Jingwei Hou, Jian Kang, Wenwen Zheng, Shucheng Hua, Xiao-Fang Yu
Improper host immune activation leads to the development of the autoimmune disease Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS), which is attributed to defined genetic mutations in such proteins as TREX1 and ADAR1. The mechanism of immune activation in AGS patients has not been thoroughly elucidated to date. In this study, we report that endogenous LINE1 components trigger IFNβ production in multiple human cell types, including those defective for cGAS/STING-mediated DNA sensing. In these cells, LINE1 DNA synthesis and retrotransposition were not required for LINE1-triggered immune activation, but RNA sensing pathways were essential...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Thaneas Prabakaran, Chiranjeevi Bodda, Christian Krapp, Bao-Cun Zhang, Maria H Christensen, Chenglong Sun, Line Reinert, Yujia Cai, Søren B Jensen, Morten K Skouboe, Jens R Nyengaard, Craig B Thompson, Robert Jan Lebbink, Ganes C Sen, Geert van Loo, Rikke Nielsen, Masaaki Komatsu, Lene N Nejsum, Martin R Jakobsen, Mads Gyrd-Hansen, Søren R Paludan
Negative regulation of immune pathways is essential to achieve resolution of immune responses and to avoid excess inflammation. DNA stimulates type I IFN expression through the DNA sensor cGAS, the second messenger cGAMP, and the adaptor molecule STING Here, we report that STING degradation following activation of the pathway occurs through autophagy and is mediated by p62/SQSTM1, which is phosphorylated by TBK1 to direct ubiquitinated STING to autophagosomes. Degradation of STING was impaired in p62-deficient cells, which responded with elevated IFN production to foreign DNA and DNA pathogens...
March 1, 2018: EMBO Journal
Iliana Georgana, Rebecca P Sumner, Greg J Towers, Carlos Maluquer de Motes
Cytosolic recognition of DNA has emerged as a critical cellular mechanism of host immune activation upon pathogen invasion. The central cytosolic DNA sensor cGAS activates STING, which is phosphorylated, dimerises and translocates from the ER to a perinuclear region to mediate IRF-3 activation. Poxviruses are dsDNA viruses replicating in the cytosol and hence likely to trigger cytosolic DNA sensing. Here we investigated the activation of innate immune signalling by 4 different strains of the prototypic poxvirus vaccinia virus (VACV) in a cell line proficient in DNA sensing...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Virology
Kate McArthur, Lachlan W Whitehead, John M Heddleston, Lucy Li, Benjamin S Padman, Viola Oorschot, Niall D Geoghegan, Stephane Chappaz, Sophia Davidson, Hui San Chin, Rachael M Lane, Marija Dramicanin, Tahnee L Saunders, Canny Sugiana, Romina Lessene, Laura D Osellame, Teng-Leong Chew, Grant Dewson, Michael Lazarou, Georg Ramm, Guillaume Lessene, Michael T Ryan, Kelly L Rogers, Mark F van Delft, Benjamin T Kile
Mitochondrial apoptosis is mediated by BAK and BAX, two proteins that induce mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization, leading to cytochrome c release and activation of apoptotic caspases. In the absence of active caspases, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) triggers the innate immune cGAS/STING pathway, causing dying cells to secrete type I interferon. How cGAS gains access to mtDNA remains unclear. We used live-cell lattice light-sheet microscopy to examine the mitochondrial network in mouse embryonic fibroblasts...
February 23, 2018: Science
Brian James Francica, Ali Ghasemzadeh, Anthony L Desbien, Debebe Theodros, Kelsey E Sivick, Gabrielle L Reiner, Laura Hix Glickman, Ariel E Marciscano, Andrew B Sharabi, Meredith L Leong, Sarah M McWhirter, Thomas W Dubensky, Drew M Pardoll, Charles G Drake
The cGAS-STING cytosolic DNA sensing pathway may play an integral role in the initiation of antitumor immune responses. Studies evaluating the immunogenicity of various cyclic dinucleotide (CDN) STING agonists administered by intratumoral (IT) injection showed potent induction of inflammation, tumor necrosis, and in some cases, durable tumor-specific adaptive immunity. However, the specific immune mechanisms underlying these responses remain incompletely defined. The majority of these studies have focused on the effect of CDNs on immune cells but have not conclusively interrogated the role of stromal cells in the acute rejection of the CDN-injected tumor...
February 22, 2018: Cancer Immunology Research
Ray Kreienkamp, Simona Graziano, Nuria Coll-Bonfill, Gonzalo Bedia-Diaz, Emily Cybulla, Alessandro Vindigni, Dale Dorsett, Nard Kubben, Luis Francisco Zirnberger Batista, Susana Gonzalo
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a premature aging disease caused by a truncated lamin A protein (progerin) that drives cellular and organismal decline. HGPS patient-derived fibroblasts accumulate genomic instability, but its underlying mechanisms and contribution to disease remain poorly understood. Here, we show that progerin-induced replication stress (RS) drives genomic instability by eliciting replication fork (RF) stalling and nuclease-mediated degradation. Rampant RS is accompanied by upregulation of the cGAS/STING cytosolic DNA sensing pathway and activation of a robust STAT1-regulated interferon (IFN)-like response...
February 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Wei-Wei Luo, Hong-Bing Shu
Although it has long been demonstrated that cytosolic DNA is a potent immune stimulant, it is only in recent years that the molecular mechanisms of DNA-stimulated innate immune responses have emerged. Studies have established critical roles for the DNA sensor cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) and the adapter protein MITA/STING in the innate immune response to cytosolic DNA or DNA viruses. Although the regulation of cGAS-MITA/STING-mediated signaling remains to be fully investigated, understanding the processes involved may help to explain the mechanisms of innate immune signaling events and perhaps autoinflammatory diseases and to provide potential therapeutic targets for drug intervention...
February 19, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Xiaohu Wang, Chuntao Liu
Infectious diseases pose a serious threat to human health. cGAS is a newly discovered nucleic acid transferase in recent years, which can identify cytoplasmic DNA and produce an endogenous cyclic dinucleotide cGAMP to activate STING. It is found that the cGAS-STING pathway plays an important role in the body's resistance to microbe infection. This article reviews the recent progress of cGAS-STING pathway in infectious diseases.
February 12, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Zhao Lei, Meihong Deng, Zhongjie Yi, Qian Sun, Richard A Shapiro, Hongbo Xu, Tunliang Li, Patricia A Loughran, John E Griepentrog, Hai Huang, Melanie J Scott, Feizhou Huang, Timothy R Billiar
Liver ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury occurs through induction of oxidative stress and release of damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs), including cytosolic DNA released from dysfunctional mitochondria or from the nucleus. Cyclic guanosine monophosphate-adenosine monophosphate (cGAMP) synthase (cGAS) is a cytosolic DNA sensor known to trigger stimulator of interferon genes (STING) and downstream type1 interferon (IFN-I) pathways, which are pivotal innate immune system responses to pathogen. However, little is known about the role of cGAS/STING in liver I/R injury...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Kate M Franz, William J Neidermyer, Yee-Joo Tan, Sean P J Whelan, Jonathan C Kagan
In mammalian cells, IFN responses that occur during RNA and DNA virus infections are activated by distinct signaling pathways. The RIG-I-like-receptors (RLRs) bind viral RNA and engage the adaptor MAVS (mitochondrial antiviral signaling) to promote IFN expression, whereas cGAS (cGMP-AMP synthase) binds viral DNA and activates an analogous pathway via the protein STING (stimulator of IFN genes). In this study, we confirm that STING is not necessary to induce IFN expression during RNA virus infection but also find that STING is required to restrict the replication of diverse RNA viruses...
February 27, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Qinglan Zhao, Yi Wei, Stephen J Pandol, Lingyin Li, Aida Habtezion
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Acute pancreatitis (AP) is characterized by severe inflammation and acinar cell death. Transmembrane protein 173 (TMEM173 or STING) is a pattern recognition receptor on immune cells that recognizes cytosolic nucleic acids and transmits signals that activate production of interferons and the innate immune response. We investigated whether leukocyte STING signaling mediates inflammation mice with AP. METHODS: We induced AP in C57BL/6J mice (control) and C57BL/6J-Tmem173gt/J mice (STING-knockout mice) by injection of cerulein or placement on choline-deficient DL-ethionine supplemented diet...
February 6, 2018: Gastroenterology
Chang Lu, Xuemei Zhang, Chenyu Ma, Wenchun Xu, Lingling Gan, Jin Cui, Yibing Yin, Hong Wang
Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHI) is one of the leading causes of acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD). Although the immunoregulation function of NTHI outer member protein and endotoxin were confirmed, the role of NTHI DNA in activating immune responses remains to be elucidated. In this study, we found expression of IFN-β and IFN stimulated gene CXCL10 in host cells was forcefully elevated after treating with NTHI and NTHI DNA. Interestingly, we tested increased level of STING in NTHI infected mice lung...
April 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yang Zhang, Jun Yang, Guangchun Bai
Cyclic di-AMP (c-di-AMP) has been shown to play an important role in bacterial physiology and pathogen-host interactions. We previously reported that deletion of the sole c-di-AMP phosphodiesterase-encoding gene (cnpB) in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) led to significant virulence attenuation. In this study, we found that ΔcnpB of M. bovis BCG (BCG) was unable to secrete c-di-AMP, which differs from Mtb ΔcnpB. We infected bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDMs) with c-di-AMP-associated mutants generated from both Mtb and BCG...
January 31, 2018: Pathogens and Disease
Hiroyasu Konno, Shota Yamauchi, Anders Berglund, Ryan M Putney, James J Mulé, Glen N Barber
The production of cytokines in response to DNA-damage events may be an important host defense response to help prevent the escape of pre-cancerous cells. The innate immune pathways involved in these events are known to be regulated by cellular molecules such as stimulator of interferon genes (STING), which controls type I interferon and pro-inflammatory cytokine production in response to the presence of microbial DNA or cytosolic DNA that has escaped from the nucleus. STING signaling has been shown to be defective in a variety of cancers, such as colon cancer and melanoma, actions that may enable damaged cells to escape the immunosurveillance system...
January 25, 2018: Oncogene
Samuel F Bakhoum, Bryan Ngo, Ashley M Laughney, Julie-Ann Cavallo, Charles J Murphy, Peter Ly, Pragya Shah, Roshan K Sriram, Thomas B K Watkins, Neil K Taunk, Mercedes Duran, Chantal Pauli, Christine Shaw, Kalyani Chadalavada, Vinagolu K Rajasekhar, Giulio Genovese, Subramanian Venkatesan, Nicolai J Birkbak, Nicholas McGranahan, Mark Lundquist, Quincey LaPlant, John H Healey, Olivier Elemento, Christine H Chung, Nancy Y Lee, Marcin Imielenski, Gouri Nanjangud, Dana Pe'er, Don W Cleveland, Simon N Powell, Jan Lammerding, Charles Swanton, Lewis C Cantley
Chromosomal instability is a hallmark of cancer that results from ongoing errors in chromosome segregation during mitosis. Although chromosomal instability is a major driver of tumour evolution, its role in metastasis has not been established. Here we show that chromosomal instability promotes metastasis by sustaining a tumour cell-autonomous response to cytosolic DNA. Errors in chromosome segregation create a preponderance of micronuclei whose rupture spills genomic DNA into the cytosol. This leads to the activation of the cGAS-STING (cyclic GMP-AMP synthase-stimulator of interferon genes) cytosolic DNA-sensing pathway and downstream noncanonical NF-κB signalling...
January 17, 2018: Nature
Geneviève Pépin, Michael P Gantier
DNA sensing by the STING pathway is emerging to be a crucial component of the antitumor immune response. Although it plays a key role in the activation of tumor immune cells, exactly how STING is activated by tumor cells is not fully understood. Recent evidence suggests that cGAS can be directly engaged and produces 2'3'-cyclic-GMP-AMP (cGAMP) within certain tumor cells upon stimulation with DNA damaging agents. Because cGAMP can transfer between adjacent cells, the capacity of tumor cells to produce cGAMP may activate tumor immune cells, even in the absence of functional STING signaling within the tumor...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Juan S Ruiz-Moreno, Lutz Hamann, Javeed A Shah, Annelies Verbon, Frank P Mockenhaupt, Monika Puzianowska-Kuznicka, Jan Naujoks, Leif E Sander, Martin Witzenrath, John C Cambier, Norbert Suttorp, Ralf R Schumann, Lei Jin, Thomas R Hawn, Bastian Opitz DRKS00005274, German Clinical Trials Register.
January 2018: PLoS Pathogens
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