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Sp110 enhances macrophage resistance to Mycobacterium tuberculosis via inducing endoplasmic reticulum stress and inhibiting anti-apoptotic factors

Yongyan Wu, Zekun Guo, Fayang Liu, Kezhen Yao, Mingqing Gao, Yan Luo and Yong Zhang _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:64050-64065. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.19300

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Yongyan Wu1,2,3, Zekun Guo2,3, Fayang Liu2,3, Kezhen Yao2,3, Mingqing Gao2,3, Yan Luo2,3 and Yong Zhang2,3

1Shanxi Key Laboratory of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Cancer, Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, The First Hospital, Shanxi Medical University, Taiyuan 030001, Shanxi, China

2College of Veterinary Medicine, Northwest A&F University, Yangling 712100, Shaanxi, China

3Key Laboratory of Animal Biotechnology, Ministry of Agriculture, Northwest A&F University, Yangling 712100, Shaanxi, China

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Yong Zhang, email: [email protected]

Keywords: apoptosis, endoplasmic reticulum stress, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, protein interactome, Sp110

Received: April 09, 2017    Accepted: June 10, 2017    Published: July 17, 2017


Tuberculosis remains a leading health problem worldwide and still accounts for about 1.3 million deaths annually. Expression of the mouse Sp110 nuclear body protein (Sp110) upregulates the apoptotic pathway, which plays an essential role in enhancing host immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). However, the mechanism of this upregulation is unclear. Here, we have identified 253 proteins in mouse macrophages that interact with Sp110, of which 251 proteins were previously uncharacterized. The results showed that Sp110 interacts with heat shock protein 5 (Hspa5) to activate endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-induced apoptosis, and that this is essential for Sp110 enhanced macrophage resistance to Mtb. Inhibition of the ER stress pathway abolishing the Sp110-enhanced macrophage apoptosis and resulted in increased intracellular survival of Mtb in macrophages overexpressing Sp110. Further studies revealed that Sp110 also interacts with the RNA binding protein, Ncl to promote its degradation. Consequently, the expression of Bcl2, usually stabilized by Ncl, was downregulated in Sp110 overexpressing macrophages. Moreover, overexpression of Sp110 promotes degradation of ribosomal protein Rps3a, resulting in upregulation of the activity of the pro-apoptotic poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP). In addition, macrophages from transgenic cattle with increased Sp110 expression confirmed that activation of the ER stress response is the main pathway through which Sp110-enhanced macrophages impart resistance to Mtb. This work has revealed the mechanism of Sp110 enhanced macrophage apoptosis in response to Mtb infection, and provides new insights into the study of host-pathogen interactions.

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