Pseudomonas aeruginosa activates caspase 1 through Ipaf.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The innate immune system encodes cytosolic Nod-like receptors (NLRs), several of which activate caspase 1 processing and IL-1beta and IL-18 secretion. Macrophages respond to Salmonella typhimurium infection by activating caspase 1 through the NLR Ipaf. This activation is mediated by cytosolic flagellin through the activity of the virulence-associated type III secretion system (T3SS). We demonstrate here that Pseudomonas aeruginosa activates caspase 1 and induces IL-1beta secretion in infected macrophages. While live, virulent P. aeruginosa activate IL-1beta secretion through caspase 1 and Ipaf, strains that have mutations in the T3SS or in flagellin did not. Ipaf-dependent caspase 1 activation could be recapitulated by delivering P. aeruginosa flagellin to the macrophage cytosol. We examined the role of Naip5 in P. aeruginosa-induced caspase 1 activation by using A/J (Naip5-deficient) compared with C57BL/6 and BALB/c (Naip5-sufficient) macrophages and observed that A/J macrophages secrete IL-1beta in response to P. aeruginosa, S. typhimurium, and Listeria monocytogenes infection, as well as in response to cytosolic flagellin, but at slightly reduced levels. Thus, Ipaf-dependent detection of cytosolic flagellin is a conserved mechanism by which macrophages detect the presence of pathogens that use T3SS.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Miao, EA; Ernst, RK; Dors, M; Mao, DP; Aderem, A

Published Date

  • February 6, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 105 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 2562 - 2567

PubMed ID

  • 18256184

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2268176

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1091-6490

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-8424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1073/pnas.0712183105


  • eng