INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES EN MICROBIOLOGIA Y PARASITOLOGIA MEDICA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease, modulates interleukine-6-induced STAT3 phosphorylation via gp130 cleavage in different host cells.
PONCE NE; CARRERA-SILVA EA; PELLEGRINI AV; CAZORLA SI; MALCHIODI EL; LIMA AP; GEA S; AOKI MP
BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA ACTA. MOLECULAR BASIS OF DISEASE
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2013 vol. 1832 p. 485 - 485
Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease, modulates interleukine-6-induced STAT3 phosphorylation via gp130 cleavage in different host cells. Ponce NE, Carrera-Silva EA, Pellegrini AV, Cazorla SI, Malchiodi EL, Lima AP, Gea S, Aoki MP. Biochim Biophys Acta - Mol Basis Dis, in press. IF = 5.39. Abstract Interleukin-6 mediates host defense and cell survival mainly through the activation of the transcription factor STAT3 via the glycoprotein gp130, a shared signal-transducing receptor for several IL-6-type cytokines. We have reported that the cardiotrophic parasite Trypanosoma cruzi protects murine cardiomyocytes from apoptosis. In agreement, an intense induction of the anti-apoptotic factor Bcl-2 is found in cardiac fibers during the acute phase of infection, establishing a higher threshold against apoptosis. We report here that inactive cruzipain, the main cysteine protease secreted by the parasite, specifically triggered TLR2 and the subsequent release of IL-6, which acted as an essential anti-apoptotic factor for cardiomyocyte cultures. Although comparable IL-6 levels were found under active cruzipain stimulation, starved cardiac cell monolayers could not be rescued from apoptosis. Moreover, cardiomyocytes treated with active cruzipain completely abrogated the STAT3 phosphorylation and nuclear translocation induced by recombinant IL-6. This inhibition was also observed on splenocytes, but it was reverted when the enzyme was complexed with chagasin, a parasite cysteine protease inhibitor. Furthermore, the inhibition of IL-6-induced p-STAT3 was evidenced in spleen cells stimulated with pre-activated supernatants derived from trypomastigotes. To account for these observations, we found that cruzipain enzymatically cleaved recombinant gp130 ectodomain, and induced the release of membrane-distal N-terminal domain of this receptor on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. These results demonstrate, for the first time, that the parasite may modify the IL-6-induced response through the modulation of its cysteine protease activity, suggesting that specific inhibitors may help to improve the immune cell activation and cardioprotective effects.