Porphyromonas gingivalis gingipains cause defective macrophage migration towards apoptotic cells and inhibit phagocytosis of primary apoptotic neutrophils:gingipains, apoptotic cell removal & inflammation


Periodontal disease is a prevalent chronic inflammatory condition characterised by an aberrant host response to a pathogenic plaque biofilm resulting in local tissue damage and frustrated healing that can result in tooth loss. Cysteine proteases (gingipains) from the key periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis have been implicated in periodontal disease pathogenesis by inhibiting inflammation resolution and are linked with systemic chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Efficient clearance of apoptotic cells is essential for the resolution of inflammation and tissue restoration. Here we sought to characterise the innate immune clearance of apoptotic cells and its modulation by gingipains. We examined the capacity of gingipain-treated macrophages to migrate towards and phagocytose apoptotic cells. Lysine gingipain treatment of macrophages impaired macrophage migration towards apoptotic neutrophils. Furthermore, lysine gingipain treatment reduced surface expression levels of CD14, a key macrophage receptor for apoptotic cells, which resulted in reduced macrophage interactions with apoptotic cells. Additionally, whilst apoptotic cells and their derived secretome were shown to inhibit TNF-α induced expression by P.gingivalis LPS, we demonstrated that gingipain preparations induced a rapid inflammatory response in macrophages that was resistant to the anti-inflammatory effects of apoptotic cells or their secretome. Taken together these data indicate that P.gingivalis may promote the chronic inflammation seen in periodontal disease patients by multiple mechanisms including rapid, potent gingipain-mediated inflammation coupled with receptor cleavage leading to defective clearance of apoptotic cells and reduced anti-inflammatory responses. Thus gingipains represent a potential therapeutic target for intervention in the management of chronic periodontal disease.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/cddis.2016.481
Dataset DOI: https://doi.org/10.17036/researchdata.aston.ac.uk.00000202
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Biosciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Biosciences > Cellular and Molecular Biomedicine
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Biosciences > Cell & Tissue Biomedical Research
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Immunology,Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience,Cell Biology,Cancer Research
Publication ISSN: 2041-4889
Last Modified: 13 May 2024 07:15
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 13:25
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2017-03-02
Accepted Date: 2016-12-07
Authors: Castro, Sowmya A.
Collighan, Russell (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0204-5125)
Lambert, Peter A. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8243-2741)
Dias, Heraliyawala H.K.
Chauhan, Parbata
Bland, Charlotte E.
Milic, Ivana (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7531-7561)
Millward, Michael R.
Cooper, Paul R.
Devitt, Andrew (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4651-6761)



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