Caspase-8 is activated by cathepsin D initiating neutrophil apoptosis during the resolution of inflammation

Conus, Sébastien; Perozzo, Remo; Reinheckel, Thomas; Peters, Christoph; Scapozza, Leonardo; Yousefi, Shida; Simon, Hans-Uwe (2008). Caspase-8 is activated by cathepsin D initiating neutrophil apoptosis during the resolution of inflammation. Journal of experimental medicine, 205(3), pp. 685-698. New York, N.Y.: Rockefeller University Press 10.1084/jem.20072152

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In the resolution of inflammatory responses, neutrophils rapidly undergo apoptosis. We describe a new proapoptotic pathway in which cathepsin D directly activates caspase-8. Cathepsin D is released from azurophilic granules in neutrophils in a caspase-independent but reactive oxygen species-dependent manner. Under inflammatory conditions, the translocation of cathepsin D in the cytosol is blocked. Pharmacological or genetic inhibition of cathepsin D resulted in delayed caspase activation and reduced neutrophil apoptosis. Cathepsin D deficiency or lack of its translocation in the cytosol prolongs innate immune responses in experimental bacterial infection and in septic shock. Thus, we identified a new function of azurophilic granules that is in addition to their role in bacterial defense mechanisms: to regulate the life span of neutrophils and, therefore, the duration of innate immune responses through the release of cathepsin D.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Pharmacology

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Conus, Sébastien, Simon, Hans-Uwe






Rockefeller University Press




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04 Oct 2013 14:54

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05 Dec 2022 14:16

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