TNF in host resistance to tuberculosis infection.
ABSTRACT TNF is essential to control Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and cannot be replaced by other proinflammatory cytokines. Overproduction of TNF may cause immunopathology, while defective TNF production results in uncontrolled infection. The critical role of TNF in the control of tuberculosis has been illustrated recently by primary and reactivation of latent infection in some patients under pharmacological anti-TNF therapy for rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn's disease. In this review, we discuss results of recent studies aimed at better understanding of molecular, cellular and kinetic aspects of TNF-mediated regulation of host-mycobacteria interactions. In particular, recent data using either mutant mice expressing solely membrane TNF or specific inhibitor sparing membrane TNF demonstrated that membrane TNF is sufficient to control acute M. tuberculosis infection. This is opening the way to selective TNF neutralization that might retain the desired anti-inflammatory effect but reduce the infectious risk.
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ABSTRACT: Active tuberculosis remains the leading cause of death among the HIV-1 seropositive individuals. Although significant success has been achieved in bringing down the number of HIV/AIDS-related mortality and morbidity following implementation of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART). Yet, co-infection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) has posed severe clinical and preventive challenges in our efforts to eradicate the virus from the body. Both HIV-1 and Mtb commonly infect macrophages and trigger production of host inflammatory mediators that subsequently regulate the immune response and disease pathogenesis. These inflammatory mediators can impose beneficial or detrimental effects on each pathogen and eventually on host. Among these, inflammatory C-C chemokines play a central role in HIV-1 and Mtb pathogenesis. However, their role in lung-specific mechanisms of HIV-1 and Mtb interaction are poorly understood. In this review we highlight current view on the role of C-C chemokines, more precisely CCL2, on HIV-1: Mtb interaction, potential mechanisms of action and adverse clinical consequences in a setting HIV-1/Mtb co-infection. Targeting common chemokine regulators of HIV-1/Mtb pathogenesis can be an attractive and potential anti-inflammatory intervention in HIV/AIDS-related comorbidities.Frontiers in Immunology 01/2013; 4:312.
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ABSTRACT: Understanding the signaling pathways involved in the regulation of anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory responses in tuberculosis is extremely important in tailoring a macrophage innate-response to promote anti-tuberculosis immunity in the host. Although the role of toll-like receptors (TLRs) in the regulation of anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory responses is known, the detailed molecular mechanisms by which the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria modulate these innate responses are not clearly understood. In this study, we demonstrate that M. tuberculosis heat shock protein 60 (Mtbhsp60, Cpn60.1, Rv3417c) interacts with both TLR2 and TLR4 receptors, but its interaction with TLR2 leads to clathrin-dependent endocytosis resulting in an increased production of interleukin (IL)-10 and activated p38 MAPK. Blockage of TLR2-mediated endocytosis inhibited IL-10 production but induced production of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and activated ERK 1/2. In contrast, upon interaction with TLR4, Mtbhsp60 remained predominantly localized on the cell-surface due to poorer endocytosis of the protein that led to decreased IL-10 production and p38 MAPK activation. The Escherichia coli homologue of hsp60 (Ecolihsp60) was found to be retained mainly on the macrophage surface upon interaction with either TLR2 or TLR4 that triggered predominantly a pro-inflammatory-type immune response. Our data suggest that cellular localization of Mtbhsp60 upon interaction with TLRs dictates the type of polarization in the innate immune responses in macrophages. This information is likely to help us in tailoring the host protective immune responses against M. tuberculosis.Journal of Biological Chemistry 07/2013; · 4.65 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Detailed biological analyses (e.g. epidemiological, genetic) of animal health and fitness in the field are limited by the lack of large-scale recording of individual animals. An alternative approach is to identify immune traits that are associated with these important functions and can be subsequently used in more detailed studies. We have used an experimental dairy herd with uniquely dense phenotypic data to identify a range of potentially useful immune traits correlated with enhanced (or depressed) health and fitness. Blood samples from 248 dairy cows were collected at two-monthly intervals over a 10-month period and analysed for a number of immune traits, including levels of serum proteins associated with the innate immune response and circulating leukocyte populations. Immune measures were matched to individual cow records related to productivity, fertility and disease. Correlations between traits were calculated using bivariate analyses based on animal repeatability and random regression models with a Bonferroni correction to account for multiple testing. A number of significant correlations were found between immune traits and other recorded traits including: CD4(+):CD8(+) T lymphocyte ratio and subclinical mastitis; % CD8(+) lymphocytes and fertility; % CD335(+) natural killer cells and lameness episodes; and serum haptoglobin levels and clinical mastitis. Importantly these traits were not associated with reduced productivity and, in the case of cellular immune traits, were highly repeatable. Moreover these immune traits displayed significant between-animal variation suggesting that they may be altered by genetic selection. This study represents the largest simultaneous analysis of multiple immune traits in dairy cattle to-date and demonstrates that a number of immune traits are associated with health events. These traits represent useful selection markers for future programmes aimed at improving animal health and fitness.PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(6):e65766. · 3.73 Impact Factor