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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The competition for l-arginine between the inducible nitric oxide synthase and arginase contributes to the outcome of several parasitic and bacterial infections. The acquisition of l-arginine, however, is important not only for the host cells but also for the intracellular pathogen. In this study we observe that strain AS-1, the Mycobacterium bovis BCG strain lacking the Rv0522 gene, which encodes an arginine permease, perturbs l-arginine metabolism in J774.1 murine macrophages. Infection with AS-1, but not with wild-type BCG, induced l-arginine uptake in J774.1 cells. This increase in l-arginine uptake was independent of activation with gamma interferon plus lipopolysaccharide and correlated with increased expression of the MCAT1 and MCAT2 cationic amino acid transport genes. AS-1 infection also enhanced arginase activity in resting J774.1 cells. Survival studies revealed that AS-1 survived better than BCG within resting J774.1 cells. Intracellular growth of AS-1 was further enhanced by inhibiting arginase and ornithine decarboxylase activities in J774.1 cells using l-norvaline and difluoromethylornithine treatment, respectively. These results suggest that the arginine-related activities of J774.1 macrophages are affected by the arginine transport capacity of the infecting BCG strain. The loss of Rv0522 gene-encoded arginine transport may have induced other cationic amino acid transport systems during intracellular growth of AS-1, allowing better survival within resting macrophages.
    Full-text Article · Aug 2006 · Journal of Bacteriology
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Glutathione is a tripeptide and antioxidant, synthesized at high levels by cells during the production of reactive oxygen and nitrogen intermediates. Glutathione also serves as a carrier molecule for nitric oxide in the form of S-nitrosoglutathione. Previous studies from this laboratory have shown that glutathione and S-nitrosoglutathione are directly toxic to mycobacteria. Glutathione is not transported into the cells as a tripeptide. Extracellular glutathione is converted to a dipeptide due to the action of transpeptidase, and the dipeptide is then transported into the bacterial cells. The processing of glutathione and S-nitrosoglutathione is brought about by the action of the enzyme γ-glutamyl transpeptidase. The function of γ-glutamyl transpeptidase is to cleave glutathione and S-nitrosoglutathione to the dipeptide (Cys-Gly), which is then transported into the bacterium by the multicomponent ABC transporter dipeptide permease. We have created a mutant strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis lacking this metabolic enzyme. We investigated the sensitivity of this strain to glutathione and S-nitrosoglutathione compared to that of the wild-type bacteria. In addition, we examined the role of glutathione and/or S-nitrosoglutathione in controlling the growth of intracellular M. tuberculosis inside mouse macrophages.
    Full-text Article · Mar 2006 · Journal of Bacteriology
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We demonstrate that Mycobacterium tuberculosis grown in vitro is sensitive to glutathione and its derivative S-nitrosoglutathione. Furthermore, our infection studies with J774.1 macrophages indicate that glutathione is essential for the control of the intracellular growth of M. tuberculosis. This study indicates the important role of glutathione in the control of macrophages by M. tuberculosis.
    Full-text Article · Apr 2005 · Infection and Immunity
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Reactive oxygen and nitrogen intermediates are important antimicrobial defense mechanisms of macrophages and other phagocytic cells. While reactive nitrogen intermediates have been shown to play an important role in tuberculosis control in the murine system, their role in human disease is not clearly established. Glutathione, a tripeptide and antioxidant, is synthesized at high levels by cells during reactive oxygen intermediate and nitrogen intermediate production. Glutathione has been recently shown to play an important role in apoptosis and to regulate antigen-presenting-cell functions. Glutathione also serves as a carrier molecule for nitric oxide, in the form of S-nitrosoglutathione. Previous work from this laboratory has shown that glutathione and S-nitrosoglutathione are directly toxic to mycobacteria. A mutant strain of Mycobacterium bovis BCG, defective in the transport of small peptides such as glutathione, is resistant to the toxic effect of glutathione and S-nitrosoglutathione. Using the peptide transport mutant as a tool, we investigated the role of glutathione and S-nitrosoglutathione in animal and human macrophages in controlling intracellular mycobacterial growth.
    Full-text Article · May 2003 · Infection and Immunity
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Using a Mycobacterium bovis BCG mutant (AS1) lacking a Bacillus subtilis l-arginine transporter homolog, we demonstrate here that the interaction between intracellular mycobacteria and the macrophage with respect to l-arginine transport and metabolism is quite complex. Intracellular AS1 stimulates macrophage l-arginine transport and accumulates 2.5-fold more 3H label derived from l-arginine than does the wild type. These studies suggest that the accumulation of 3H label reflects the acquisition of metabolites of l-arginine produced by the macrophage.
    Full-text Article · Mar 2003 · Infection and Immunity
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    Vishwanath Venketaraman · Meliza T Talaue · Yaswant K Dayaram · [...] · Nancy D Connell
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: L-arginine uptake systems in macrophages play a role in regulating nitric oxide synthesis via the inducible L-arginine nitric oxide pathway. This paper describes the association of L-arginine transport with nitric oxide production in human peripheral blood monocyte-derived macrophages and in peritoneal macrophages from control and inducible nitric oxide synthase knock out C57BL6 mice. Experiments performed with human macrophages suggested that little or no nitric oxide was produced in human macrophages in vitro and that human macrophages exhibit a different arginine transport-specific response to stimuli compared with rodent macrophages. We conclude that increased L-arginine transport in both human and murine macrophages is dependent on the requirement for intracellular nitric oxide.
    Full-text Article · Feb 2003 · Tuberculosis