DOI: 10.1101/507160Dec 27, 2018Paper

Temporal modulation of host aerobic glycolysis determines the outcome of M. marinum infection

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Lu MengChen Niu


Macrophages are the first-line host defense where the invading Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) encounters. It has been recently reported that host aerobic glycolysis was elevated post the infection by a couple of virulent mycobacterial species. However, whether this metabolic transition is required for host defense against intracellular pathogens and the underlying mechanisms remain to be further investigated. By analyzing carbon metabolism, we found that macrophages infected by M. marinum, a surrogate mycobacterial specie to Mtb, showed a strong elevation of glycolysis. Next, three glycolysis inhibitors were examined for their ability to inhibit mycobacterial proliferation inside RAW264.7, a murine macrophage-like cell line. Among them, a glucose analog, 2-deoxyglucose (2-DG) displayed a protective effect on assisting host to resist mycobacterial infection, which was further validated in zebrafish-infection model. The phagocytosis of M. marinum was significantly decreased in macrophages pre-treated with 2-DG at concentrations of 0.5 and 1 mM, at which no inhibitory effect was posed on M. marinum growth in vitro. Moreover, 2-DG pre-treatment exerted a significant protective effect on zebrafish larvae to limit the proliferation...Continue Reading

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