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Nat Microbiol ; 4(8): 1378-1388, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31110366


Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)-derived components are usually recognized by pattern recognition receptors to initiate a cascade of innate immune responses. One striking characteristic of Mtb is their utilization of different type VII secretion systems to secrete numerous proteins across their hydrophobic and highly impermeable cell walls, but whether and how these Mtb-secreted proteins are sensed by host immune system remains largely unknown. Here, we report that MPT53 (Rv2878c), a secreted disulfide-bond-forming-like protein of Mtb, directly interacts with TGF-ß-activated kinase 1 (TAK1) and activates TAK1 in a TLR2- or MyD88-independent manner. MPT53 induces disulfide bond formation at C210 on TAK1 to facilitate its interaction with TRAFs and TAB1, thus activating TAK1 to induce the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Furthermore, MPT53 and its disulfide oxidoreductase activity is required for Mtb to induce the host inflammatory responses via TAK1. Our findings provide an alternative pathway for host signalling proteins to sense Mtb infection and may favour the improvement of current vaccination strategies.

Nature ; 563(7729): 131-136, 2018 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30356214


Accurate repair of DNA double-stranded breaks by homologous recombination preserves genome integrity and inhibits tumorigenesis. Cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) is a cytosolic DNA sensor that activates innate immunity by initiating the STING-IRF3-type I IFN signalling cascade1,2. Recognition of ruptured micronuclei by cGAS links genome instability to the innate immune response3,4, but the potential involvement of cGAS in DNA repair remains unknown. Here we demonstrate that cGAS inhibits homologous recombination in mouse and human models. DNA damage induces nuclear translocation of cGAS in a manner that is dependent on importin-α, and the phosphorylation of cGAS at tyrosine 215-mediated by B-lymphoid tyrosine kinase-facilitates the cytosolic retention of cGAS. In the nucleus, cGAS is recruited to double-stranded breaks and interacts with PARP1 via poly(ADP-ribose). The cGAS-PARP1 interaction impedes the formation of the PARP1-Timeless complex, and thereby suppresses homologous recombination. We show that knockdown of cGAS suppresses DNA damage and inhibits tumour growth both in vitro and in vivo. We conclude that nuclear cGAS suppresses homologous-recombination-mediated repair and promotes tumour growth, and that cGAS therefore represents a potential target for cancer prevention and therapy.