Staphylococcus aureus evades lysozyme-based peptidoglycan digestion that links phagocytosis, inflammasome activation, and IL-1beta secretion.

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IL-1beta produced by phagocytes is important for protection against the mucosal pathogen Staphylococcus aureus. Processing and maturation of this cytokine requires activation of the multiprotein inflammasome complex. We observed that the bacterial cell wall component peptidoglycan (PGN) must be particulate and internalized via phagocytosis to activate NLRP3 inflammasomes and IL-1beta secretion. In the context of S. aureus infection of macrophages, we find that phagocytosis and lysozyme-based bacterial cell wall degradation are necessary to induce IL-1beta secretion. Further, an S. aureus enzyme, PGN O-acetyltransferase A, previously demonstrated to make cell wall PGN resistant to lysozyme, strongly suppresses inflammasome activation and inflammation in vitro and in vivo. These observations demonstrate that phagocytosis and lysozyme-based cell wall degradation of S. aureus are functionally coupled to inflammasome activation and IL-1beta secretion and illustrate a case whereby a bacterium specifically subverts IL-1beta secretion through chemical modification of its cell wall PGN.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shimada, T; Park, BG; Wolf, AJ; Brikos, C; Goodridge, HS; Becker, CA; Reyes, CN; Miao, EA; Aderem, A; Götz, F; Liu, GY; Underhill, DM

Published Date

  • January 21, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 38 - 49

PubMed ID

  • 20114027

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2818986

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1934-6069

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.chom.2009.12.008


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States