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Phagocytosis-induced apoptosis of macrophages is linked to uptake, killing and degradation of bacteria.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18085665     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Phagocytosis and intracellular destruction of pathogens by phagocytes is a crucial defense mechanism of the innate immune response during infection. It has been reported a number of times that the interaction with pyogenic, extracellular bacteria leads to the apoptotic death of phagocytes. The signaling events that cause this form of cell death are largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrate a link between uptake, killing and degradation of Escherichia coli bacteria and induction of apoptosis in macrophages. Treatment of murine RAW 264.7 macrophages with bafilomycin A(1), a phagosome acidification inhibitor, reduced killing and degradation of phagocytosed bacteria and significantly decreased macrophage apoptosis. The stable overexpression of constitutively active or dominant-negative mutants of the small GTPase Rab5a increased bacterial phagocytosis and consecutively apoptosis. In these cells, relative killing and degradation were not affected, linking the increased apoptosis to enhanced uptake and suggesting that the apoptosis-inducing signal derives from the higher incidence of degradation events or an accumulation of phagosomes of a late maturation stage. These results thus provide a link between bacterial phagocytosis and degradation and the induction of apoptosis in macrophages. We propose that this form of apoptosis is the physiological conclusion of an innate immune response against pyogenic bacteria.
Tobias Frankenberg; Susanne Kirschnek; Hans Häcker; Georg Häcker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of immunology     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0014-2980     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Immunol.     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-26     Completed Date:  2008-03-13     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1273201     Medline TA:  Eur J Immunol     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  204-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Antifungal Agents / pharmacology
Apoptosis / drug effects,  immunology*
Blotting, Western
Escherichia coli / immunology*
Fluorescent Antibody Technique
Macrolides / pharmacology
Macrophages / metabolism,  microbiology*,  pathology*
Phagocytosis / drug effects,  immunology*
rab5 GTP-Binding Proteins / genetics
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antifungal Agents; 0/Macrolides; 88899-55-2/bafilomycin A1; EC GTP-Binding Proteins

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