NADPH oxidase 2 interaction with TLR2 is required for efficient innate immune responses to mycobacteria via cathelicidin expression

Chul Su Yang, Dong Min Shin, Ki Hye Kim, Zee Won Lee, Chul Ho Lee, Sung Goo Park, Yun Soo Bae, Eun Kyeong Jo

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Abstract

Gp91phox/NADPH oxidase (NOX) 2 is the main catalytic component of NOX, which mediates the phagocytic killing of ingested pathogens via the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is relatively resistant to the microbicidal effects of ROS. Thus, the exact roles of NOX2 in the innate immune control against Mtb infection are not fully resolved. In this study, we show that NOX2 is essential for TLR2-dependent inflammatory responses and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D 3)-mediated antimicrobial activity against Mtb via cathelicidin expression. NOX2-null macrophages prominently abrogated Mtb-induced ROS production and inflammatory signaling activation in a TLR2-dependent manner. Mtb triggered a physical association between NOX2 and TLR2. In addition, the knockdown of NOX2 inhibited 1,25D3-triggered antimicrobial activity against viable Mtb through the modulation of cathelicidin expression in human macrophages. Treatment of NOX2 knocked down cells with cathelicidin restored the 1,25D3-induced antimicrobial effect, suggesting that the NOX2-dependent induction of cathelicidin in macrophages is part of a defensive strategy against Mtb. Furthermore, cathelicidin expression was required for the Mtb-induced release of ROS and the production of proinflammatory cytokines/chemokines, indicating a positive circuit of inflammation in response to Mtb. Our data collectively demonstrate a novel regulatory mechanism for TLR2-dependent innate responses to Mtb involving crosstalk between NOX2 and TLR2 and the expression of cathelicidin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3696-3705
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume182
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2009

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