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Qian Sun, Patricia Loughran, Richard Shapiro, Indira H Shrivastava, Daniel J Antoine, Tunliang Li, Zhengzheng Yan, Jie Fan, Timothy R Billiar, Melanie J Scott
: Sterile liver inflammation, such as liver ischemia reperfusion, hemorrhagic shock after trauma and drug-induced liver injury is initiated and regulated by endogenous mediators including DNA and reactive oxygen species. Here we identify a novel mechanism for redox-mediated regulation of AIM2-inflammasome activation in hepatocytes after redox stress in mice, which occurs via interaction with cytosolic HMGB1. We show that in liver during hemorrhagic shock in mice, and in hepatocytes after hypoxia with reoxygenation, cytosolic HMGB1 associates with AIM2 and is required for activation of caspase-1 in response to cytosolic DNA...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Katharina Meier, Stefan K Drexler, Franziska C Eberle, Karine Lefort, Amir S Yazdi
Apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a caspase recruitment domain (ASC) is an important adaptor protein for inflammasome activation, mediating the secretion of protumorigenic innate cytokines. However, ASC is also known to trigger apoptosis in tumor cells, acting as a tumor-suppressor gene, which is lost in several human cancers. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical significance of ASC in human cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Initially, ASC expression was immunohistochemically evaluated in non-metastic and metastatic SCC...
2016: PloS One
Anna Yu Alekseeva, Larisa V Kameneva, Svetlana V Kostyuk, Natalia N Veiko
Oxidized cell-free DNA acts as a stress signal molecule and triggers an adaptive response in human cells. Various membrane DNA recognizing receptors are known as potential sensors for such DNA fragments. In order to clarify which of these sensors are able to interact with cfDNA fragments, circulating in human blood flow in heath and disease, we studied the influence of various cfDNA types on endothelial cells. We incubated these fragments at a physiologically optimal concentration with HUVEC cells for 3-24 h and detected the expression of either TLR9 or AIM2, RIG1 and STING receptors at mRNA and protein levels...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Stefanie Luecke, Søren R Paludan
Nucleic acids sensors of the innate immune system recognize various RNA and DNA structures during infection to induce transcription of interferon and pro-inflammatory cytokines and activation of inflammasomes. Cytosolic RNA is recognized by RIG-I and MDA5, while intracellular DNA is sensed among others by cGAS, AIM2, IFI16 and RNA polymerase III. The diversity of nucleic acid species produced during infection in the cytosol and nucleus and the limited chemical differences between self and non-self nucleic acids challenge the host's innate pattern recognition system to ensure reliable sensing while avoiding immune activation by self nucleic acids...
October 14, 2016: Cytokine
Florian Hoss, Christina F Budden, Eicke Latz
When bacteria infect a cell, the bacterial membrane partially shields microbial structures from the immune system, preventing detection and clearance. In a recent issue of Cell, Man et al. (2016) show that the interferon-inducible protein IRGB10 liberates bacterial ligands for sensing by both the AIM2 and the non-canonical NLRP3 inflammasomes.
October 10, 2016: Developmental Cell
Gaurav Shrivastava, Moisés León-Juárez, Julio García-Cordero, David Eduardo Meza-Sánchez, Leticia Cedillo-Barrón
A complex interplay between pathogen and host determines the immune response during viral infection. A set of cytosolic sensors are expressed by immune cells to detect viral infection. NOD-like receptors (NLRs) comprise a large family of intracellular pattern recognition receptors. Members of the NLR family assemble into large multiprotein complexes, termed inflammasomes, which induce downstream immune responses to specific pathogens, environmental stimuli, and host cell damage. Inflammasomes are composed of cytoplasmic sensor molecules such as NLRP3 or absent in melanoma 2 (AIM2), the adaptor protein ASC (apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing caspase recruitment domain), and the effector protein procaspase-1...
October 3, 2016: Immunologic Research
Si Ming Man, Rajendra Karki, Miwa Sasai, David E Place, Sannula Kesavardhana, Jamshid Temirov, Sharon Frase, Qifan Zhu, R K Subbarao Malireddi, Teneema Kuriakose, Jennifer L Peters, Geoffrey Neale, Scott A Brown, Masahiro Yamamoto, Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti
The inflammasome is an intracellular signaling complex, which on recognition of pathogens and physiological aberration, drives activation of caspase-1, pyroptosis, and the release of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1β and IL-18. Bacterial ligands must secure entry into the cytoplasm to activate inflammasomes; however, the mechanisms by which concealed ligands are liberated in the cytoplasm have remained unclear. Here, we showed that the interferon-inducible protein IRGB10 is essential for activation of the DNA-sensing AIM2 inflammasome by Francisella novicida and contributed to the activation of the LPS-sensing caspase-11 and NLRP3 inflammasome by Gram-negative bacteria...
October 6, 2016: Cell
Jernej Zorman, Petra Sušjan, Iva Hafner-Bratkovič
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2016: PloS One
Karsten Eichholz, Thierry Bru, Thi Thu Phuong Tran, Paulo Fernandes, Hugh Welles, Franck J D Mennechet, Nicolas Manel, Paula Alves, Matthieu Perreau, Eric J Kremer
Human adenoviruses (HAdVs) are nonenveloped proteinaceous particles containing a linear double-stranded DNA genome. HAdVs cause a spectrum of pathologies in all populations regardless of health standards. Following repeat exposure to multiple HAdV types, we develop robust and long-lived humoral and cellular immune responses that provide life-long protection from de novo infections and persistent HAdV. How HAdVs, anti-HAdV antibodies and antigen presenting cells (APCs) interact to influence infection is still incompletely understood...
September 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Pei-Jung Wu, Hsin-Yu Liu, Tzyy-Nan Huang, Yi-Ping Hsueh
Inflammasomes are the protein assemblies that consist of inflammasome sensors, adaptor apoptosis-associated speck-like proteins containing a CARD (ASC) and inflammasome caspase. Inflammasomes sense multiple danger signals via various inflammasome sensors and consequently use caspase to trigger proteolytic processing and secretion of IL-1β cytokines. Recent studies have suggested that neurons use their own innate immune system to detect danger signals and regulate neuronal morphology. Here, we investigate whether inflammasomes, the critical components of innate immunity, participate in regulation of neuronal morphology and function...
2016: Scientific Reports
Qianyu Zhang, Qinyong Hu, Yuxin Chu, Bin Xu, Qibin Song
This study aims to investigate the influence of radiotherapy on absent in melanoma 2 (AIM2) inflammasome in radiation pneumonitis (RP). A rat model of RP was established. H&E staining was used to test radiation-induced lung tissue injury. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was used to detect the expression of AIM2 and IL-1β in rat lung tissues. Milliplex assay was used to test cytokine levels in rat serum. Comet assay was adopted to examine DNA breaks in THP1 cells. RT-PCR was used to detect the messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of AIM2, caspase-1, and IL-1β in THP1 cells...
October 2016: Inflammation
Rojo A Ratsimandresy, Mohanalaxmi Indramohan, Andrea Dorfleutner, Christian Stehlik
Inflammasomes are important for maintaining intestinal homeostasis, and dysbiosis contributes to the pathology of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and increases the risk for colorectal cancer. Inflammasome defects contribute to chronic intestinal inflammation and increase the susceptibility to colitis in mice. However, the inflammasome sensor absent in melanoma 2 (AIM2) protects against colorectal cancer in an inflammasome-independent manner through DNA-dependent protein kinase and Akt pathways. Yet, the roles of the AIM2 inflammasome in IBD and the early phases of colorectal cancer remain ill-defined...
August 15, 2016: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Tomasz Próchnicki, Matthew S Mangan, Eicke Latz
Inflammasomes are high-molecular-weight protein complexes that are formed in the cytosolic compartment in response to danger- or pathogen-associated molecular patterns. These complexes enable activation of an inflammatory protease caspase-1, leading to a cell death process called pyroptosis and to proteolytic cleavage and release of pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18. Along with caspase-1, inflammasome components include an adaptor protein, ASC, and a sensor protein, which triggers the inflammasome assembly in response to a danger signal...
2016: F1000Research
Tao Liu, Qin Tang, Kunpeng Liu, Weihong Xie, Xin Liu, Huishan Wang, Rong-Fu Wang, Jun Cui
The AIM2 inflammasome is a key cytosolic signaling complex that is activated by double-stranded DNA, leading to the maturation of proinflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and IL-18. Dysregulated AIM2 inflammasome activity is associated with human inflammatory diseases and cancers, suggesting that its activity must be tightly regulated. However, the precise molecular mechanisms that control AIM2 levels and activity are still poorly understood. Here, we report tripartite motif 11 (TRIM11) as a key negative regulator of the AIM2 inflammasome...
August 16, 2016: Cell Reports
Elizabeth E Gray, Damion Winship, Jessica M Snyder, Stephanie J Child, Adam P Geballe, Daniel B Stetson
Detection of intracellular DNA triggers activation of the STING-dependent interferon-stimulatory DNA (ISD) pathway, which is essential for antiviral responses. Multiple DNA sensors have been proposed to activate this pathway, including AIM2-like receptors (ALRs). Whether the ALRs are essential for activation of this pathway remains unknown. To rigorously explore the function of ALRs, we generated mice lacking all 13 ALR genes. We found that ALRs are dispensable for the type I interferon (IFN) response to transfected DNA ligands, DNA virus infection, and lentivirus infection...
August 16, 2016: Immunity
Xiaoyu Wu, Sinan Cakmak, Markus Wortmann, Maani Hakimi, Jian Zhang, Dittmar Böckler, Susanne Dihlmann
Male sex is a risk factor for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Within the AAA adventitia, infiltrating leukocytes express high levels of inflammasome components. To further elucidate the role of inflammatory cells in the pathogenesis of AAA, we here addressed expression and functionality of inflammasome components in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) of AAA patients in association with sex. PBMC and plasma were isolated from 100 vascular patients, including 34 pairs of AAA patients and age/sex-matched non-AAA patients...
July 29, 2016: Molecular Medicine
Mingfang Zhang, Yuanlin Qi, Hui Li, Jiajun Cui, Lu Dai, Jacqueline A Frank, Jian Chen, Wenhua Xu, Gang Chen
Chronic sterile inflammation has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many cancers, including skin cancer. Chronic arsenic exposure is closely associated with the development of skin cancer. However, there is a lack of understanding how arsenic induces chronic inflammation in the skin. Interleukin-1 family cytokines play a central role in regulating immune and inflammatory response. IL-1α, IL-1β and IL-18 are three pro-inflammatory cytokines in IL-1 family. Their secretion, especially the secretion of IL-1β and IL-18, is regulated by inflammasomes which are multi-protein complexes containing sensor proteins, adaptor protein and caspase-1...
June 2016: Oncoimmunology
Jernej Zorman, Petra Sušjan, Iva Hafner-Bratkovič
Shikonin is a highly lipophilic naphtoquinone found in the roots of Lithospermum erythrorhizon used for its pleiotropic effects in traditional Chinese medicine. Based on its reported antipyretic and anti-inflammatory properties, we investigated whether shikonin suppresses the activation of NLRP3 inflammasome. Inflammasomes are cytosolic protein complexes that serve as scaffolds for recruitment and activation of caspase-1, which, in turn, results in cleavage and secretion of proinflammatory cytokines IL-1β and IL-18...
2016: PloS One
Fang Zhang, Yu Yang, Tao Huang, Yiye Zhang, Li Zhao, Shuchuen Li
BACKGROUND: The use of both generic and disease-specific instruments in assessing quality of life (QoL) in subjects may pose a barrier in a busy clinical setting with heavy case load. Our current study attempted to evaluate the responsiveness of generic scales, EQ-5D and SF-6D, as compared with a disease-specific instrument, AIM2-SF, in patients with osteoarthritis, to judge which of the two generic instruments would be more suitable to be used alone in the clinical setting. METHODS: Correlation tests with Pearson correlation coefficient were carried out between EQ-5D and SF-6D scales, and AIMS2-SF scale for both 100 first-diagnosed osteoarthritis patients and 22 patients with two follow-up interviews...
July 27, 2016: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
Antonia Di Micco, Gianluca Frera, Jérôme Lugrin, Yvan Jamilloux, Erh-Ting Hsu, Aubry Tardivel, Aude De Gassart, Léa Zaffalon, Bojan Bujisic, Stefanie Siegert, Manfredo Quadroni, Petr Broz, Thomas Henry, Christine A Hrycyna, Fabio Martinon
Inflammasomes are critical sensors that convey cellular stress and pathogen presence to the immune system by activating inflammatory caspases and cytokines such as IL-1β. The nature of endogenous stress signals that activate inflammasomes remains unclear. Here we show that an inhibitor of the HIV aspartyl protease, Nelfinavir, triggers inflammasome formation and elicits an IL-1R-dependent inflammation in mice. We found that Nelfinavir impaired the maturation of lamin A, a structural component of the nuclear envelope, thereby promoting the release of DNA in the cytosol...
August 9, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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