Helmholtz Gemeinschaft


Inhibition of Rho-dependent pathways by Clostridium botulinum C3 protein induces a proinflammatory profile in microglia

Item Type:Article
Title:Inhibition of Rho-dependent pathways by Clostridium botulinum C3 protein induces a proinflammatory profile in microglia
Creators Name:Hoffmann, A. and Hofmann, F. and Just, I. and Lehnardt, S. and Hanisch, U.K. and Brueck, W. and Kettenmann, H. and Ahnert-Hilger, G. and Hoeltje, M.
Abstract:Successful regeneration in the central nervous system crucially depends on the adequate environment. Microglia as brain immune-competent cells importantly contribute to this task by producing pro- and anti-inflammatory mediators. Any environmental change transforms these cells towards an activated phenotype, leading to major morphological, transcriptional and functional alterations. Rho GTPases affect multiple cellular properties, including the cytoskeleton, and C3 proteins are widely used to study their involvement. Especially C3bot from Clostridium botulinum has been considered to promote neuronal regeneration by changing Rho activity. Yet C3bot may exert cellular influences through alternative mechanisms. To determine the role of Rho-dependent pathways in microglia we investigated the influence of C3bot on functional properties of cultivated primary mouse microglial cells. Nanomolar concentrations of C3bot transformed microglia towards an activated phenotype and triggered the release of nitric oxide and several proinflammatory cyto- and chemokines. These inductions were not mediated by the ROCK-kinase pathway, since its selective inhibitors Y27632 and H1152 had no effect. C3-induced and Rho-mediated NO release was instead found to be under the control of NFkappaB, as revealed by treatment with the NFkappaB inhibitor PDTC. Thus, C3bot induces a proinflammatory response in microglia resembling the classical proinflammatory phenotype elicited by bacterial LPS. The findings are relevant for the use of C3bot in regenerative approaches.
Keywords:GTPases, Inflammation, C3bot, Animals, Mice
Page Range:1162-1175
Date:15 August 2008
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1002/glia.20687
PubMed:View item in PubMed

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Open Access
MDC Library