Rac1 and Cdc42 are involved in the periphagosomal F-actin accumulation and inhibition of phagosomal maturation caused by Leishmania donovani lipophosphoglycan
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The intracellular parasite Leishmania donovani survives inside macrophage phagosomes by inhibiting phagosornal maturation. Its main surface glycoconjugate, lipophosphoglycan (LPG), is crucial for survival and essential for the build-up of a coat of F-actin surrounding the phagosome. Previous studies have shown that inhibition of PKCα by LPG is partly responsible for the elevated levels of F-actin around the phagosome (1, 2). This study shows that simultaneous inhibition of Cdc42 and Rac1, members of the Rho family of small GTPases, prevented the accumulation of F-actin around L. donovani containing phagosomes in murine macrophages. Moreover, an LPG-defective L. donovani mutant normally not capable of accumulating F-actin around it's phagosome, displayed elevated amounts of periphagosomal F-actin in cells pre-treated with permanently active forms of Cdc42 and Rac. The lysosomal marker LAMP1 did not translocate normally to phagosomes in these cells, indicating defective phagosomal maturation. We conclude that Cdc42 and Rac are activated by L. donovani in an LPG-dependent manner, and that this activation contributes to the accumulation of periphagosomal F-actin around L. donovani phagosomes. Our results also indicate a direct link between the build-up of periphagosomal F-actinand inhibition of phagosomal mahuation.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84526OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-84526DiVA: diva2:560069