The Battle over mTOR: An Emerging Theatre in Host–Pathogen Immunity

The Fox Chase Cancer Center, United States of America
PLoS Pathogens (Impact Factor: 7.56). 09/2012; 8(9):e1002894. DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1002894
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    • "Autophagic lysosomal digestion is triggered by many environmental stressors including caloric restriction (CR), hypoxia, ROS, exercise, many toxins and phytochemicals, and sunlight and vitamin D mediated via the vitamin D receptor-VDR (Chatterjee etal., 2014; Delmas et al., 2011; Ferrari et al., 2011; Mestre and Colombo, 2013; Moore et al., 2008; Scherz-Shouval and Elazar, 2011; Wu and Sun, 2011; Zhang et al., 2012). Autophagy, triggered by inhibition of mTOR and other mTORindependent pathways (e.g., SIRT 1 and VDR), is probably an important component of hormetic responses, particularly in antiageing processes (Blagosklonny, 2011, Kim et al., 2012; Martins et al., 2011; Moore and Stebbing, 1976; Rubinsztein et al., 2011; Salminen et al., 2012; Wu and Sun, 2011). mTOR (mTORC1) is also a nutrient and stress sensor that regulates lysosomal autophagy, apoptosis (Type 1 programmed cell death – PCD 1) and senescence , that when inhibited can have beneficial consequences as indicated above. "
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    • "Phone: +852 2766-6696 Email: or (Received July 12, 2013; Revised: July 19, 2013; Accepted July 20, 2013; Published online July 23, 2013) the nutrient from the host to survive and facilitate the invasion by manipulating the mTOR in order to hijack the cellular metabolic processes [2]. In human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection, for example, mTOR is substantial in the viral replication cycle as it supports the transcription and translation signals [3]. "
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