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Myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) and IL-1R1 signaling contribute to resistance to Coccidioides immitis.

  • Author(s): Viriyakosol, Suganya
  • Walls, Lorraine
  • Okamoto, Sharon
  • Raz, Eyal
  • Williams, David L
  • Fierer, Joshua
  • et al.
The data associated with this publication are within the manuscript.

Rodents are a natural host for the dimorphic pathogenic fungi Coccidioides immitis and posadasii, and mice are a good model for human infection. Humans and rodents both express Dectin-1 and TLR2 on myeloid cells and those receptors collaborate to maximize the cytokine/chemokine responses to spherules (the tissue form of the fungi), and to formalin killed spherules (FKS). We showed that Dectin-1 is necessary for resistance to pulmonary coccidioidomycosis, but the importance of TLR2 in vivo is uncertain. MyD88 is the adapter protein for TLR2 and 4, and IL-1R1 and IL-18R1. MyD88/TRIF -/-and MyD88 -/- mice were equally susceptible to C. immitis infection, compared to C57BL/6 (B6) controls. Of the four surface receptors, only IL-1R1 was required for resistance to C. immitis, partially explaining the susceptibility of MyD88 -/- mice. We also found that FKS stimulated production of IL-1Ra by BMDC, independent of MyD88 and Dectin-1. There also was a very high concentration of IL-1Ra in the lungs of infected B6 mice, supporting the potential importance of this regulatory IL-1 family protein in the largely ineffective response of B6 mice to coccidioidomycosis. These results suggest that IL-1R1 signaling is important for defense against C. immitis infection.

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