Brucella abortus Cyclic Dinucleotides Trigger STING-Dependent Unfolded Protein Response That Favors Bacterial Replication

Erika S. Guimarães, Marco Túlio R. Gomes, Priscila C. Campos, Daniel S. Mansur, Adara A. Dos Santos, Jerome Harms, Gary Splitter, Judith A. Smith, Glen N Barber, Sergio C. Oliveira

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Brucella abortus is a facultative intracellular bacterium that causes brucellosis, a prevalent zoonosis that leads to abortion and infertility in cattle, and undulant fever, debilitating arthritis, endocarditis, and meningitis in humans. Signaling pathways triggered by B. abortus involves stimulator of IFN genes (STING), which leads to production of type I IFNs. In this study, we evaluated the pathway linking the unfolded protein response (UPR) and the endoplasmic reticulum-resident transmembrane molecule STING, during B. abortus infection. We demonstrated that B. abortus infection induces the expression of the UPR target gene BiP and XBP1 in murine macrophages through a STING-dependent pathway. Additionally, we also observed that STING activation was dependent on the bacterial second messenger cyclic dimeric GMP. Furthermore, the Brucella-induced UPR is crucial for induction of multiple molecules linked to type I IFN signaling pathway, such as IFN-β, IFN regulatory factor 1, and guanylate-binding proteins. Furthermore, IFN-β is also important for the UPR induction during B. abortus infection. Indeed, IFN-β shows a synergistic effect in inducing the IRE1 axis of the UPR. In addition, priming cells with IFN-β favors B. abortus survival in macrophages. Moreover, Brucella-induced UPR facilitates bacterial replication in vitro and in vivo. Finally, these results suggest that B. abortus-induced UPR is triggered by bacterial cyclic dimeric GMP, in a STING-dependent manner, and that this response supports bacterial replication. In summary, association of STING and IFN-β signaling pathways with Brucella-induced UPR unravels a novel link between innate immunity and endoplasmic reticulum stress that is crucial for bacterial infection outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2671-2681
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950)
Volume202
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2019

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Brucella abortus
Unfolded Protein Response
Brucella
Genes
Brucellosis
Cyclic GMP
Infection
Macrophages
Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress
Zoonoses
Second Messenger Systems
Endocarditis
Meningitis
Bacterial Infections
Innate Immunity
Endoplasmic Reticulum
Infertility
Transcriptional Activation
Arthritis
Carrier Proteins

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Guimarães, E. S., Gomes, M. T. R., Campos, P. C., Mansur, D. S., Dos Santos, A. A., Harms, J., ... Oliveira, S. C. (2019). Brucella abortus Cyclic Dinucleotides Trigger STING-Dependent Unfolded Protein Response That Favors Bacterial Replication. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950), 202(9), 2671-2681. https://doi.org/10.4049/jimmunol.1801233

Brucella abortus Cyclic Dinucleotides Trigger STING-Dependent Unfolded Protein Response That Favors Bacterial Replication. / Guimarães, Erika S.; Gomes, Marco Túlio R.; Campos, Priscila C.; Mansur, Daniel S.; Dos Santos, Adara A.; Harms, Jerome; Splitter, Gary; Smith, Judith A.; Barber, Glen N; Oliveira, Sergio C.

In: Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950), Vol. 202, No. 9, 01.05.2019, p. 2671-2681.

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Guimarães, ES, Gomes, MTR, Campos, PC, Mansur, DS, Dos Santos, AA, Harms, J, Splitter, G, Smith, JA, Barber, GN & Oliveira, SC 2019, 'Brucella abortus Cyclic Dinucleotides Trigger STING-Dependent Unfolded Protein Response That Favors Bacterial Replication', Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950), vol. 202, no. 9, pp. 2671-2681. https://doi.org/10.4049/jimmunol.1801233
Guimarães, Erika S. ; Gomes, Marco Túlio R. ; Campos, Priscila C. ; Mansur, Daniel S. ; Dos Santos, Adara A. ; Harms, Jerome ; Splitter, Gary ; Smith, Judith A. ; Barber, Glen N ; Oliveira, Sergio C. / Brucella abortus Cyclic Dinucleotides Trigger STING-Dependent Unfolded Protein Response That Favors Bacterial Replication. In: Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950). 2019 ; Vol. 202, No. 9. pp. 2671-2681.
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