Mycobacterium tuberculosis-induced apoptotic neutrophils trigger a pro-inflammatory response in macrophages through release of heat shock protein 72, acting in synergy with the bacteria
2008 (English)In: Microbes and infection, ISSN 1286-4579, E-ISSN 1769-714X, Vol. 10, no 3, 233-240 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) survive inside macrophages by manipulating microbicidal functions such as phago-lysosome fusion, production of reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide, and by rendering macrophages non-responsive to IFN-γ. Mtb-infected lung tissue does however not only contain macrophages, but also significant numbers of infiltrating polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN). These are able to phagocytose and kill ingested Mtb, but are short-lived cells that constantly need to be removed from tissues to avoid tissue damage. Phagocytosis of aged or UV-induced apoptotic PMN by macrophages induce an anti-inflammatory response in macrophages. However, in the present study, we show that engulfment of Mtb-induced apoptotic PMN by macrophages initiates secretion of TNF-α from the macrophages, reflecting a pro-inflammatory response. Moreover, Mtb-induced apoptotic PMN up-regulate heat shock proteins 60 and 72 (Hsp60, Hsp72) intracellularly and also release Hsp72 extracellularly.
We found that both recombinant Hsp72 and released Hsp72 enhanced the pro-inflammatory response to both Mtb-induced apoptotic PMN and Mtb. This stimulatory effect of the supernatant was abrogated by depleting the Hsp72 with immunoprecipitation. These findings indicate that released Hsp72 from Mtb-infected PMN can trigger macrophage activation during the early stage of Mtb infections, thereby creating a link between innate and adaptive immunity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
elsevier , 2008. Vol. 10, no 3, 233-240 p.
innate immunity; phagocytes; micobiology
National CategoryMicrobiology in the medical area
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20835DOI: 10.1016/j.micinf.2007.11.007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20835DiVA: diva2:236456