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E-cadherin mediates adhesion and endocytosis of Aspergillus fumigatus blastospores in human epithelial cells.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22490484     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus) is a ubiquitous saprophytic fungus responsible for the majority of invasive mold infections in patients undergoing chemotherapy, organ transplantation or with persistent neutropenia. This study aimed to determine the role of E-cadherin for adhesion and endocytosis of A. fumigatus blastospores in the human epithelial cell line A549.
METHODS: A. fumigatus blastospores were incubated with the total protein of A549 to investigate the binding of E-cadherin and blastospores followed by an affinity purification procedure. After establishing the adhesion model, the adhesion and endocytosis of A. fumigatus blastospores by A549 cells were evaluated by down-regulating E-cadherin of A549 cells using blocking antibody or small interfering RNA (siRNA).
RESULTS: E-cadherin was adhered to the surface of A. fumigatus blastospore. Adhesion and endocytosis of the blastospores were reduced by blocking or down-regulating E-cadherin in A549 cells.
CONCLUSIONS: E-cadherin is a receptor for adhesion and endocytosis of A. fumigatus blastospores in epithelial cells. This may open a new approach to treat this fungal infection.
Xiao-Yong Xu; Yi Shi; Peng-Peng Zhang; Feng Zhang; Yu-Ying Shen; Xin Su; Bei-Lei Zhao
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chinese medical journal     Volume:  125     ISSN:  0366-6999     ISO Abbreviation:  Chin. Med. J.     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513795     Medline TA:  Chin Med J (Engl)     Country:  China    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  617-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Second Military Medical University/Nanjing General Hospital of Nanjing Military Command, People's Liberation Army, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210002, China.
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