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Infection with Leishmania amazonensis upregulates purinergic receptor expressionand induces host-cell susceptibility to UTP-mediated apoptosis
Cellular Microbiology
  • Camila Marques-da-Silva, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • M. M. Chaves
  • S. P. Chaves
  • V. R. Figliuolo
  • J. R. Meyer-Fernandes
  • S. Corte-Real
  • C. Lameu
  • H. Ulrich
  • David M. Ojcius, University of the Pacific
  • B. Rossi-Bergmann
  • Robson Coutinho-Silva, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
ORCiD
David M. Ojcius: 0000-0003-1461-4495
Document Type
Article
DOI
10.1111/j.1462-5822.2011.01630.x
Publication Date
9-1-2011
Abstract
Nucleotides are released into the extracellular milieu from infected cells and cells at inflammatory sites. The extracellular nucleotides bind to specific purinergic (P2) receptors and thereby induce a variety of cellular responses including anti-parasitic effects. Here we investigated whether extracellular nucleotides affect leishmanial infection in macrophages, and found that UTP reduces strongly the parasite load in peritoneal macrophages. Ultrastructural analysis of infected cells revealed that UTP induced morphological damage in the intracellular parasites. Uridine nucleotides also induced dose-dependent apoptosis of macrophages and production of ROI and RNI only in infected macrophages. The intracellular calcium measurements of infected cells showed that the response to UTP, but not UDP, increased the sensitivity and amplitude of cytosolic Ca(2+) changes. Infection of macrophages with Leishmania upregulated the expression of P2Y(2) and P2Y(4) receptor mRNA. The data suggest indirectly that Leishmania amazonensis infection induces modulation and heteromerization of P2Y receptors on macrophages. Thus UTP modulates the host response against L. amazonensis infection. UTP and UTP homologues should therefore be considered as novel components of therapeutic strategies against cutaneous leishmaniasis.
Citation Information
Camila Marques-da-Silva, M. M. Chaves, S. P. Chaves, V. R. Figliuolo, et al.. "Infection with Leishmania amazonensis upregulates purinergic receptor expressionand induces host-cell susceptibility to UTP-mediated apoptosis" Cellular Microbiology Vol. 13 Iss. 9 (2011) p. 1410 - 1428 ISSN: 1462-5814
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/david-ojcius/123/