Role of cytokines and chemokines in prion infections of the central nervous system

Robert-Koch-Institute, Nordufer 20, 13353 Berlin, Germany.
International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 2.58). 12/2004; 22(7):497-505. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2004.07.017
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Prion infections of the central nervous system (CNS) are characterised by a reactive gliosis and the subsequent degeneration of neuronal tissue. The activation of glial cells, which precedes neuronal death, is likely to be initially caused by the deposition of misfolded, proteinase K-resistant, isoforms (termed PrP(res)) of the prion protein (PrP) in the brain. Cytokines and chemokines released by PrP(res)-activated glia cells may contribute directly or indirectly to the disease development by enhancement and generalisation of the gliosis and via cytotoxicity for neurons. However, the actual role of prion-induced glia activation and subsequent cytokine/chemokine secretion in disease development is still far from clear. In the present work, we review our present knowledge concerning the functional biology of cytokines and chemokines in prion infections of the CNS.

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    • "Other immune response related modules, that is, chemokines and cytokines also show high activity during prion disease progression. Detectable changes in the expression of CXC ligands even in the asymptotic stages of the disease suggest that the chemokines might play a pivotal role in promoting neurodegeneration in prion diseases[38]. Our results include genes belonging to many of the biological modules related to immunological response including chemokines (eg; Cxcl12, Cxcl16, Cx3cl1), cytokines (eg; Ccl9, Csf2ra, Csf1r), neuroinflammation markers (Gfap, Clec7a, Lgals3), inflammatory cell types (Cd44, Cd68, Ly86) and genes that can be related to microglial activation (Tyrobp, Lgals3, Osmr) and astrocyte activation (Gfap, Osmr). "
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    ABSTRACT: Prion diseases are transmissible neurodegenerative diseases that arise due to conformational change of normal, cellular prion protein (PrPC) to protease-resistant isofrom (rPrPSc). Deposition of misfolded PrpSc proteins leads to an alteration of many signaling pathways that includes immunological and apoptotic pathways. As a result, this culminates in the dysfunction and death of neuronal cells. Earlier works on transcriptomic studies have revealed some affected pathways, but it is not clear which is (are) the prime network pathway(s) that change during the disease progression and how these pathways are involved in crosstalks with each other from the time of incubation to clinical death. We perform network analysis on large-scale transcriptomic data of differentially expressed genes obtained from whole brain in six different mouse strain-prion strain combination models to determine the pathways involved in prion diseases, and to understand the role of crosstalks in disease propagation. We employ a notion of differential network centrality measures on protein interaction networks to identify the potential biological pathways involved. We also propose a crosstalk ranking method based on dynamic protein interaction networks to identify the core network elements involved in crosstalk with different pathways. We identify 148 DEGs (differentially expressed genes) potentially related to the prion disease progression. Functional association of the identified genes implicates a strong involvement of immunological pathways. We extract a bow-tie structure that is potentially dysregulated in prion disease. We also propose an ODE model for the bow-tie network. Predictions related to diseased condition suggests the downregulation of the core signaling elements (PI3Ks and AKTs) of the bow-tie network. In this work, we show using transcriptomic data that the neuronal dysfunction in prion disease is strongly related to the immunological pathways. We conclude that these immunological pathways occupy influential positions in the PFNs (protein functional networks) that are related to prion disease. Importantly, this functional network involvement is prevalent in all the five different mouse strain-prion strain combinations that we studied. We also conclude that the dysregulation of the core elements of the bow-tie structure, which belongs to PI3K-Akt signaling pathway, leads to dysregulation of the downstream components corresponding to other biological pathways.
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    • "These changes are associated with the deposits of imperfectly folded proteinase K-resistant isoforms (termed PrP(res)) of the prion protein (PrP) in the brain. Cytokines and chemokines released by PrP(res)-activated glial cells may contribute directly or indirectly to development of the disease by enhancement and generalisation of the gliosis and via neuronal cytotoxicity (Eikelenboom et al., 2002; Burwinkel et al., 2004). Since the synthetic prion peptide PrP 106–126 shares many properties with PrP it is widely used for in vitro studies. "
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    ABSTRACT: Invasion of the nervous system and neuronal spread of infection are critical, but poorly understood steps in the pathogenesis of prion diseases. We have thus analyzed the internalization and signal transduction of the neurotoxic fragment of the prion protein PrP(106-126) in the rat neuroblastoma cell line B104 by fluorescence microscopy and quantification by ELISA and in primary neuronal cells from mice. Phospholipase D (PLD) is known to be an enzyme involved in the regulation of secretion, endocytosis and receptor signalling. We determined the PLD activity using a transphosphatidylation assay and could show that PLD is involved in PrP(106-126) internalization. The determination of receptor activity via quantification of ERK1/2 phosphorylation and cAMP level measurement verified the PrP(106-126)-induced signal transduction in B104 cells and primary neuronal cells. PrP(106-126)-induced a decrease in cAMP level in neuronal cells. These studies indicate the involvement of PLD in PrP(106-126)-endocytosis and mediated cellular signalling by an unidentified inhibitory G-protein-coupled receptor and may allow the development of therapeutic agents interfering with prion uptake and/or PLD function using PLD as a possible pharmaceutical target.
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    • "), as those shown in Tables 4 and 6. Glial activation and the production of proinflammatory chemokines and cytokines have been shown to be associated with many central nervous system (CNS) diseases, such as bacterial or viral infection, multiple sclerosis, prion infection, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and ischemia (Burwinkel et al., 2004; Choi et al., 2005; Meda et al., 2001). This association is in complete agreement with our findings that proinflammatory chemokines and cytokines are up-regulated and that the IFN-g signaling pathway may be activated by Mn 2+ in astrocytes. "
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