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The Acinetobacter baumannii Omp33-36 porin is a virulence factor that induces apoptosis and modulates autophagy in human cells.
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PMID:  25156738     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Acinetobacter baumannii is an extracellular opportunistic human pathogen that is becoming increasingly problematic in hospitals. In the present study, we demonstrated that the A. baumannii Omp33-36 KDa protein (Omp33-36) is a porin that acts as a channel for the passage of water. The protein is found on the cell surface and is released along with other porins in the outer membrane vesicles (OMVs). In immune and connective cell tissue, this protein induced apoptosis by activation of caspases and modulation of autophagy with the consequent accumulation of p62/SQSTM1 (sequestosome 1) and LC3B-II (confirmed by use of autophagy inhibitors). Blockage of autophagy enables the bacterium to persist intracellularly (inside autophagosomes) with the subsequent development of cytotoxicity. Finally, we used animal models to confirm that Omp33-36 is a virulence factor in A. baumannii. Overall, the study findings show that Omp33-36 plays an important role in the pathogenesis of A. baumannii infections.
Carlos Rumbo; María Tomás; Esteban Fernández Moreira; Nelson Cruz Soares; Micaela Carvajal; Elena Santillana; Alejandro Beceiro; Antonio Romero; Germán Bou
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-8-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infection and immunity     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1098-5522     ISO Abbreviation:  Infect. Immun.     Publication Date:  2014 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-8-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0246127     Medline TA:  Infect Immun     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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