Multiple Nod-like receptors activate caspase 1 during Listeria monocytogenes infection.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Listeria monocytogenes escapes from the phagosome of macrophages and replicates within the cytosolic compartment. The macrophage responds to L. monocytogenes through detection pathways located on the cell surface (TLRs) and within the cytosol (Nod-like receptors) to promote inflammatory processes aimed at clearing the pathogen. Cytosolic L. monocytogenes activates caspase 1, resulting in post-translational processing of the cytokines IL-1beta and IL-18 as well as caspase 1-dependent cell death (pyroptosis). We demonstrate that the presence of L. monocytogenes within the cytosolic compartment induces caspase 1 activation through multiple Nod-like receptors, including Ipaf and Nalp3. Flagellin expression by cytosolic L. monocytogenes was detected through Ipaf in a dose-dependent manner. Concordantly, detection of flagellin promoted bacterial clearance in a murine infection model. Finally, we provide evidence that suggests cytosolic L. monocytogenes activates caspase 1 through a third pathway, which signals through the adaptor protein ASC. Thus, L. monocytogenes activates caspase 1 in macrophages via multiple pathways, all of which detect the presence of bacteria within the cytosol.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Warren, SE; Mao, DP; Rodriguez, AE; Miao, EA; Aderem, A

Published Date

  • June 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 180 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 7558 - 7564

PubMed ID

  • 18490757

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2991040

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1767

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4049/jimmunol.180.11.7558


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States