C Capo

Aix-Marseille Université, Marsiglia, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

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  • Chapter: Coxiella
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    ABSTRACT: Immune system biology and most physiologic functions are tightly linked to circadian rhythms. Time of day-dependent variations in many biologic parameters also play a fundamental role in the disease process. We previously showed that the genes encoding the peripheral molecular clock were modulated in a sex-dependent manner in Q fever. Here, we examined severe trauma patients at admission to the intensive care unit. Using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, the whole-blood expression of the molecular clock components ARNTL, CLOCK, and PER2 was assessed in male and female trauma patients. Healthy volunteers of both sexes were used as controls. We observed a significant overexpression of both ARNTL and CLOCK in male trauma patients. We report, for the first time, the sex-related modulation of the molecular clock genes in the blood following severe trauma. These results emphasize the role of circadian rhythms in the immune response in trauma patients. Epidemiologic study, level IV.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 01/2014; 76(1):241-4.
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    ABSTRACT: Dendritic cells (DCs) orchestrate host defenses against microorganisms. In infectious diseases due to intracellular bacteria, the inefficiency of the immune system to eradicate microorganisms has been attributed to the hijacking of DC functions. In this study, we selected intracellular bacterial pathogens with distinct lifestyles and explored the responses of monocyte-derived DCs (moDCs). Using lipopolysaccharide as a control, we found that Orientia tsutsugamushi, the causative agent of scrub typhus that survives in the cytosol of target cells, induced moDC maturation, as assessed by decreased endocytosis activity, the ability to induce lymphocyte proliferation and the membrane expression of phenotypic markers. In contrast, Coxiella burnetii, the agent of Q fever, and Brucella abortus, the agent of brucellosis, both of which reside in vacuolar compartments, only partly induced the maturation of moDCs, as demonstrated by a phenotypic analysis. To analyze the mechanisms used by C. burnetii and B. abortus to alter moDC activation, we performed microarray and found that C. burnetii and B. abortus induced a specific signature consisting of TLR4, TLR3, STAT1 and interferon response genes. These genes were down-modulated in response to C. burnetii and B. abortus but up-modulated in moDCs activated by lipopolysaccharide and O. tsutsugamushi. This transcriptional alteration was associated with the defective interferon-β production. This study demonstrates that intracellular bacteria specifically affect moDC responses and emphasizes how C. burnetii and B. abortus interfere with moDC activation and the antimicrobial immune response. We believe that comparing infection by several bacterial species may be useful for defining new pathways and biomarkers and for developing new treatment strategies.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(6):e99420. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Coxiella burnetii, the agent of Q fever, is known to persist in humans and rodents but its cellular reservoir in hosts remains undetermined. We hypothesized that adipose tissue serves as a C. burnetii reservoir during bacterial latency. BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice were infected with C. burnetii by the intraperitoneal route or the intracheal route. Adipose tissue was tested for the presence of C. burnetii several months after infection. C. burnetii was detected in abdominal, inguinal and dorsal adipose tissue 4 months post-infection, when no bacteria were detected in blood, liver, lungs and spleen, regardless of the inoculation route and independently of mouse strain. The transfer of abdominal adipose tissue from convalescent BALB/c mice to naïve immunodeficient mice resulted in the infection of the recipient animals. It is likely that C. burnetii infects adipocytes in vivo because bacteria were found in adipocytes within adipose tissue and replicated within in vitro-differentiated adipocytes. In addition, C. burnetii induced a specific transcriptional program in in-vivo and in vitro-differentiated adipocytes, which was enriched in categories associated with inflammatory response, hormone response and cytoskeleton. These changes may account for bacterial replication in in-vitro and chronic infection in-vivo. Adipose tissue may be the reservoir in which C. burnetii persists for prolonged periods after apparent clinical cure. The mouse model of C. burnetii infection may be used to understand the relapses of Q fever and provide new perspectives to the follow-up of patients.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(5):e97503. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background. Q fever is caused by Coxiella burnetii, a bacterium that persists in M2-polarized macrophages. We wondered whether the concept of M1/M2 polarization is applicable to Q fever patients.Methods. Monocytes from healthy controls were cultured with IFN-γ and IL-4, agonists of M1 and M2 macrophages, respectively, and their gene expression was assessed using whole-genome microarrays. Selected biomarkers were assessed in blood from Q fever patients by real-time RT-PCR.Results. Monocytes exhibited early (6-hour) patterns of activation specific to IFN-γ or IL-4 and a late (18-hour) pattern of common activation. Because these responses were not reducible to M1/M2 polarization, we selected biomarkers and tested their relevance in Q fever patients. The early genes NLRC5, RTP4, and RHOH, which were modulated in response to IFN-γ, were up-regulated in patients with acute Q fever, and the expression levels of the late genes ALOX15, CLECSF1, CCL13, and CCL23 were specifically increased in patients with Q fever endocarditis. The RHOH and ALOX15 genes were associated with the activity of acute Q fever and Q fever endocarditis, respectively.Conclusions. Our results show that the kinetic model of monocyte activation enables a dynamic approach for the evaluation of Q fever patients.
    The Journal of Infectious Diseases 06/2013; · 5.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) is widely used in proteomics. It has been recently demonstrated that MALDI-TOF MS can be used to identify and classify numerous bacterial species or subspecies. We applied MALDI-TOF MS directly to intact mammalian cells, and we found that this method is valuable to identify human circulating cells and cells involved in the immune response including macrophages. As macrophages are characterized by a high degree of plasticity in response to their microenvironment, we stimulated human macrophages with cytokines, bacterial products, and a variety of bacteria. We found that MALDI-TOF MS discriminated unstimulated and stimulated macrophages, and also detected multifaceted activation of macrophages. We conclude that whole-cell MALDI-TOF MS is an accurate method to identify various cell types and to detect subtle modifications in cell activity.
    Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 01/2013; 1061:197-209. · 1.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: MALDI-TOF is an extensively used mass spectrometry technique in chemistry and biochemistry. It has been also applied in medicine to identify molecules and biomarkers. Recently, it has been used in microbiology for the routine identification of bacteria grown from clinical samples, without preparation or fractionation steps. We and others have applied this whole-cell MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry technique successfully to eukaryotic cells. Current applications range from cell type identification to quality control assessment of cell culture and diagnostic applications. Here, we describe its use to explore the various polarization phenotypes of macrophages in response to cytokines or heat-killed bacteria. It allowed the identification of macrophage-specific fingerprints that are representative of the diversity of proteomic responses of macrophages. This application illustrates the accuracy and simplicity of the method. The protocol we described here may be useful for studying the immune host response in pathological conditions or may be extended to wider diagnostic applications.
    Journal of Visualized Experiments 01/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Variations in lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a bacterial outer membrane component, determine virulence of the obligate intracellular bacterium Coxiella burnetii, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. We find that while avirulent C. burnetii LPS (avLPS) stimulates host p38α-MAPK signaling required for proper trafficking of bacteria containing compartments to lysosomes for destruction, pathogenic C. burnetii LPS (vLPS) does not. The defect in vLPS and pathogenic C. burnetii targeting to degradative compartments involves an antagonistic engagement of TLR4 by vLPS, lack of p38α-MAPK-driven phosphorylation, and block in recruitment of the homotypic fusion and protein-sorting complex component Vps41 to vLPS-containing vesicles. An upstream activator of p38α-MAPK or phosphomimetic mutant Vps41-S796E expression overrides the inhibition, allowing vLPS and pathogenic C. burnetii targeting to phagolysosomes. Thus, p38α-MAPK and its crosstalk with Vps41 play a central role in trafficking bacteria to phagolysosomes. Pathogenic C. burnetii has evolved LPS variations to evade this host response and thrive intracellularly.
    Cell host & microbe 12/2012; 12(6):751-63. · 13.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Scrub typhus is a life-threatening disease caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi, a bacterium that primarily infects endothelial cells both in vitro and in vivo. Evidence suggests that the interaction of O. tsutsugamushi with myeloid cells may play a pivotal role in O. tsutsugamushi infection. We demonstrated that O. tsutsugamushi replicated within human monocyte-derived macrophages. Bacteria stimulated the expression of a large number of genes, including type I interferon genes, interferon-stimulated genes, inflammation-associated genes and apoptosis-related genes, and the release of inflammatory cytokines such as Tumor Necrosis Factor and interleukin-1β. In addition, O. tsutsugamushi induced an M1-type genetic program in macrophages. O. tsutsugamushi viability was required for the type I interferon response and, to a lesser degree, for the inflammatory response. As interferon-γ is known to elicit M1 polarization, we assessed the effect of interferon-γ on the fate of O. tsutsugamushi in macrophages. Exogenous interferon-γ partially inhibited O. tsutsugamushi replication within macrophages. Our results suggest that the inflammatory response induced by O. tsutsugamushi may account for the local and systemic inflammation observed in scrub typhus.
    Microbial Pathogenesis 10/2012; · 1.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The prevalence of Q fever is higher in men than in women. Because the expression of circadian clock genes differs in male and female mice infected with Coxiella burnetii, we hypothesized that circadian genes are differently modulated in men and women with Q fever. The expression of the Per2 gene was significantly (P = .01) increased in males with acute Q fever compared with healthy volunteers. No significant difference was observed in females. We showed for the first time that gender altered the expression of a circadian gene, Per2, in an infectious disease.
    The Journal of Infectious Diseases 09/2012; · 5.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Whole-cell MALDI-TOF MS is routinely used to identify bacterial species in clinical samples. This technique has also proven to allow identification of intact mammalian cells, including macrophages. Here, we wondered whether this approach enabled the assessment human macrophages plasticity. The whole-cell MALDI-TOF spectra of macrophages stimulated with IFN-γ and IL-4, two inducers of M1 and M2 macrophage polarisation, consisted of peaks ranging from 2 to 12kDa. The spectra of unstimulated and stimulated macrophages were clearly different. The fingerprints induced by the M1 agonists, IFN-γ, TNF, LPS and LPS+IFN-γ, and the M2 agonists, IL-4, TGF-β1 and IL-10, were specific and readily identifiable. Thus, whole-cell MALDI-TOF MS was able to characterise M1 and M2 macrophage subtypes. In addition, the fingerprints induced by extracellular (group B Streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus) or intracellular (BCG, Orientia tsutsugamushi, Coxiella burnetii) bacteria were bacterium-specific. The whole-cell MALDI-TOF MS fingerprints therefore revealed the multifaceted activation of human macrophages. This approach opened a new avenue of studies to assess the immune response in the clinical setting, by monitoring the various activation patterns of immune cells in pathological conditions.
    Journal of proteomics 08/2012; 75(18):5523-32. · 5.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The outcome of Q fever, an infectious disease caused by Coxiella burnetii, is associated with granuloma formation. Granulomas are present in patients with resolutive Q fever but are lacking in patients with chronic Q fever. Study of granuloma formation requires invasive approaches. Here, we took advantage of a recently described method that enables in vitro generation of human granulomas specific for C. burnetii. Circulating mononuclear cells progressively accumulated around beads coated with C. burnetii extracts, and complete granulomas were generated in 8 days. Granuloma cells consisted of macrophages, lymphocytes, and, to a lesser extent, epithelioid cells and multinucleated giant cells. Early events that govern granuloma formation were studied using live-imaging microscopy. Monocytes migrated toward C. burnetii-coated beads independently of the presence of T lymphocytes and then recruited T lymphocytes. About 90% of patients with chronic Q fever failed to form granulomas. This deficiency was associated with defective migration of monocytes toward coated beads. Monocytes were involved in the early stages of granuloma formation and recruited T lymphocytes to complete granuloma formation. This article describes a direct relationship between defective granuloma formation and defective migration of monocytes.
    The Journal of Infectious Diseases 04/2012; 205(7):1086-94. · 5.85 Impact Factor
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    02/2012; , ISBN: 978-953-307-856-4
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    ABSTRACT: The diagnostic and prognostic assessments of infective endocarditis (IE) are challenging. To investigate the host response during IE and to identify potential biomarkers, we determined the circulating gene expression profile using whole genome microarray analysis. A transcriptomic case-control study was performed on blood samples from patients with native valve IE (n = 39), excluded IE after an initial suspicion (n = 10) at patient's admission, and age-matched healthy controls (n = 10). Whole genome microarray analysis showed that patients with IE exhibited a specific transcriptional program with a predominance of gene categories associated with cell activation as well as innate immune and inflammatory responses. Quantitative real-time RT-PCR performed on a selection of highly modulated genes showed that the expression of the gene encoding S100 calcium binding protein A11 (S100A11) was significantly increased in patients with IE in comparison with controls (P<0.001) and patients with excluded IE (P<0.05). Interestingly, the upregulated expression of the S100A11 gene was more pronounced in staphylococcal IE than in streptococcal IE (P<0.01). These results were confirmed by serum concentrations of the S100A11 protein. Finally, we showed that in patients with IE, the upregulation of the aquaporin-9 gene (AQP9) was significantly associated with the occurrence of acute heart failure (P = 0.02). Using transcriptional signatures of blood samples, we identified S100A11 as a potential diagnostic marker of IE, and AQP9 as a potential prognostic factor.
    PLoS ONE 01/2012; 7(2):e31490. · 3.73 Impact Factor
  • Christian Capo, Jean-Louis Mege
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    ABSTRACT: Acute Q fever is commonly resolved without an antibiotic regimen, but a primary infection may develop into a chronic infection in a minority of cases. Coxiella burnetii, the causative agent of Q fever, is known to infect macrophages both in vitro and in vivo. It has been observed that the intracellular survival of C. burnetii requires the subversion of the microbicidal properties of macrophages. Adaptive immunity is also essential to cure C. burnetii infection, as demonstrated by clinical studies and animal models. Indeed, the control of infection in patients with primary Q fever involves a systemic cell-mediated immune response and granuloma formation with an essential role for interferon-γ in the protection against C. burnetii. In contrast, chronic Q fever is characterized by defective cell-mediated immunity with the defective formation of granulomas and over-production of interleukin-10, an immunoregulatory cytokine. Finally, epidemiological data demonstrate that age and gender are risk factors for Q fever. The analysis of gene expression programs in mice reveals the importance of sex-related genes in C. burnetii infection because only 14% of the modulated genes are sex-independent, while the remaining 86% are differentially expressed in males and females. These results open a new field to understand how host metabolism controls C. burnetii infection in humans.
    Advances in experimental medicine and biology 01/2012; 984:273-86. · 1.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic Q fever, which principally manifests as endocarditis, is characterized by Coxiella burnetii persistence and an impaired cell-mediated immune response. The long-term persistence of pathogens has been associated with the expansion of regulatory T cells (Tregs), the CD4(+) T-cell subset that is characterized by the expression of CD25 and Foxp3. We investigated the presence of Tregs in patients with acute Q fever (n = 17), known to exhibit an efficient immune response, patients with Q fever endocarditis (n = 54) and controls (n = 27) by flow cytometry. The proportion of CD3(+) , CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells was similar in controls and patients with Q fever. The percentage of CD4(+) T cells that expressed CD25 was similar in controls and patients with Q fever. The population of CD4(+) T cells that expressed both CD25 and Foxp3 was significantly (P < 0.001) increased in patients with Q fever endocarditis compared with controls. Our data suggest that the expansion of Tregs may be critical for the chronic evolution of Q fever.
    FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology 11/2011; 64(1):137-9. · 2.68 Impact Factor
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    Yassina Bechah, Christian Capo, Jean-Louis Mege
    10/2011; , ISBN: 978-953-307-651-5
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    ABSTRACT: Q fever is a disease caused by Coxiella burnetii, an obligate intracellular bacterium. Acute Q fever is spontaneously resolutive and is characterized by an efficient immune response. In contrast, chronic Q fever is characterized by dysregulated immune response, as demonstrated by the failure of C. burnetii to induce lymphoproliferation and the lack of granulomas. Recently, it has been demonstrated that when co-expressed in heterologous mammalian cell lines, the ligands of Numb proteins X1 and X2 (LNX1 and LNX2) regulate the level of the T-cell co-receptor CD8, which plays an essential role in T-cell-mediated immune response. We decided to investigate the expression of LNX1 and LNX2 genes in patients with acute or chronic Q fever. Interestingly, we found a high level of LNX1 and LNX2 mRNAs in endocarditis, the principal manifestation of chronic Q fever, but not in acute Q fever. Our data suggest that LNXs may be used as complementary biomarkers to follow the prognosis of chronic Q fever.
    FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology 08/2011; 64(1):98-100. · 2.68 Impact Factor

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  • 2011–2014
    • Aix-Marseille Université
      • Département de biologie
      Marsiglia, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
    • Institute of Research for Development
      Marsiglia, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
  • 1996–2012
    • French National Centre for Scientific Research
      • Laboratoire Information Génomique et Structurale (IGS)
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 2009
    • Institut de Recherche sur les Phénomènes Hors Equilibre
      Marsiglia, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
  • 1997–2007
    • University of Rome Tor Vergata
      • Dipartimento di Biologia
      Roma, Latium, Italy
  • 2003
    • National Research Council
      • Institute of Protein Biochemistry IBP
      Roma, Latium, Italy
  • 2002
    • Harvard Medical School
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • Institut Paoli Calmettes
      • Cancer Research Center of Marseille (CRCM)
      Marsiglia, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
  • 1999
    • Università degli Studi di Messina
      • Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche
      Messina, Sicily, Italy
  • 1985–1995
    • Unité Inserm U1077
      Caen, Lower Normandy, France
  • 1988
    • The American University of Rome
      Roma, Latium, Italy
  • 1986
    • Sapienza University of Rome
      • Department of Biochemical Sciences "Alessandro Rossi Fanelli
      Roma, Latium, Italy