The role of flagellin versus motility in acute lung disease caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
ABSTRACT The flagellum of Pseudomonas aeruginosa has been implicated in acute pneumonia, and its flagellin is known to cause lung inflammation. However, its proinflammatory role, versus its motility function, as a cause of death by a whole bacterium has not been demonstrated. This issue was examined in a lung model of acute infection using different flagellar mutants. We found that the absence of motility does not significantly alter the LD(50), whereas the production of excess amounts of flagellin lowers it and results in early death. Next, we found that the absence of the Toll-like receptor 5 (TLR5) ligand, flagellin, results in slower clearance of this organism from the lungs and a delay in the time to death. These findings demonstrate the dual role of flagellin in host defense and in disease and suggest that the death in this model may be biphasic with flagellin playing a role early in the disease.
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ABSTRACT: The aim was to measure flagellin concentrations in the expectorations of CF patients and to examine whether there are correlations with the level of respiratory insufficiency and inflammation.BMC Pulmonary Medicine 06/2014; 14(1):100. · 2.49 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen involved in nosocomial infections. While a number of studies have demonstrated the roles of TLR2, TLR4 and TLR5 in host defense againt P. aeruginosa infection, the implication of TLR9 in this process has been overlooked. Here, we show that P. aeruginosa DNA stimulates the inflammatory response through TLR9 pathway in both a cell line and primary alveolar macrophages (AMs). This activation requires asparagine endopeptidase- and endosomal acidification. Interestingly, TLR9-/- mice resisted to lethal lung infection by P. aeruginosa, compared to WT C57BL/6 mice. The resistance of TLR9-/- mice to P. aeruginosa infection was associated with: (i) a higher ability of TLR9-/- AMs to kill P. aeruginosa; (ii) a rapid increase in the pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNFα, IL-1β and IL-6 production; and (iii) an increase in nitric oxide (NO) production and inductible NO synthase expression in AMs. In addition, inhibition of both IL-1β and NO production resulted in a significant decrease of P. aeruginosa clearance by AMs. Altogether these results indicate that TLR9 plays a detrimental role in pulmonary host defense toward P. aeruginosa by reducing the AMs clearance activity and production of IL-1β and NO necessary for bacteria killing.PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(3):e90466. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Type IV pili (TFPs) are required for bacterial twitching motility and for phage infection in the opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Here we describe a phage-encoded protein, D3112 protein gp05 (hereafter referred to as Tip, representing twitching inhibitory protein), whose expression is necessary and sufficient to mediate the inhibition of twitching motility. Tip interacts with and blocks the activity of bacterial-encoded PilB, the TFP assembly/extension ATPase, at an internal 40-aa region unique to PilB. Tip expression results in the loss of surface piliation. Based on these observations and the fact that many P. aeruginosa phages require TFPs for infection, Tip-mediated twitching inhibition may represent a generalized strategy for superinfection exclusion. Moreover, because TFPs are required for full virulence, PilB may be an attractive target for the development of novel antiinfectives.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 07/2014;