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Publication : Infection and immunity

Role of Dectin-2 for host defense against systemic infection with Candida glabrata

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Published in Infection and immunity - 16 Dec 2013

Ifrim DC, Bain JM, Reid DM, Oosting M, Verschueren I, Gow NA, van Krieken JH, Brown GD, Kullberg BJ, Joosten LA, van der Meer JW, Koentgen F, Erwig LP, Quintin J, Netea MG

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 24343653

Infect. Immun. 2014 Mar;82(3):1064-73

Although Candida glabrata is an important pathogenic Candida species, relatively little is known about its innate immune recognition. Here, we explore the potential role of Dectin-2 for host defense against C. glabrata. Dectin-2-deficient (Dectin-2(-/-)) mice were found to be more susceptible to C. glabrata infections, showing a defective fungal clearance in kidneys but not in the liver. The increased susceptibility to infection was accompanied by lower production of T helper 1 (Th1) and Th17-derived cytokines by splenocytes of Dectin-2(-/-) mice, while macrophage-derived cytokines were less affected. These defects were associated with a moderate yet significant decrease in phagocytosis of the fungus by the Dectin-2(-/-) macrophages and neutrophils. Neutrophils of Dectin-2(-/-) mice also displayed lower production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) upon challenge with opsonized C. glabrata or C. albicans. This study suggests that Dectin-2 is important in host defense against C. glabrata and provides new insights into the host defense mechanisms against this important fungal pathogen.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24343653