Pregnane X receptor regulates pathogen-induced inflammation and host defense against an intracellular bacterial infection through toll-like receptor 4

Zhijuan Qiu, Jorge L. Cervantes, Basak B. Cicek, Subhajit Mukherjee, Madhukumar Venkatesh, Leigh A. Maher, Juan C. Salazar, Sridhar Mani, Kamal M. Khanna

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The nuclear pregnane X receptor (PXR) plays a central role in regulating xenobiotic metabolism. We now report a novel role for PXR as a critical negative regulator of innate immunity after infection. Pxr-/- mice exhibited remarkably elevated pro-inflammatory cytokine and chemokine production following infection with Listeria monocytogenes (Lm). Despite the more robust innate immune response, Pxr-/- mice were highly susceptible to Lm infection. Surprisingly, disruption of the Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) but not TLR2 signaling restored the inflammation to normal levels and the ability to clear Lm in Pxr-/- mice. Mechanistically, the heightened inflammation in Pxr-/- mice resulted in the death of inflammatory monocytes that led to the enhanced susceptibility to Lm infection. These data demonstrated that PXR regulated pathogen-induced inflammation and host defense against Lm infection through modulating the TLR4 pathway. In summary, we discovered an apical role for PXR in regulating innate immunity. In addition, we uncovered a remarkable negative impact of the TLR4 pathway in controlling the quality of the inflammatory response and host defense against a gram-positive bacterial infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number31936
JournalScientific Reports
Volume6
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StatePublished - Aug 23 2016

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Toll-Like Receptor 4
Listeria monocytogenes
Bacterial Infections
Listeriosis
Inflammation
Innate Immunity
Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections
Xenobiotics
Infection
Chemokines
Monocytes
pregnane X receptor
Cytokines

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Pregnane X receptor regulates pathogen-induced inflammation and host defense against an intracellular bacterial infection through toll-like receptor 4. / Qiu, Zhijuan; Cervantes, Jorge L.; Cicek, Basak B.; Mukherjee, Subhajit; Venkatesh, Madhukumar; Maher, Leigh A.; Salazar, Juan C.; Mani, Sridhar; Khanna, Kamal M.

In: Scientific Reports, Vol. 6, 31936, 23.08.2016.

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Qiu, Zhijuan ; Cervantes, Jorge L. ; Cicek, Basak B. ; Mukherjee, Subhajit ; Venkatesh, Madhukumar ; Maher, Leigh A. ; Salazar, Juan C. ; Mani, Sridhar ; Khanna, Kamal M. / Pregnane X receptor regulates pathogen-induced inflammation and host defense against an intracellular bacterial infection through toll-like receptor 4. In: Scientific Reports. 2016 ; Vol. 6.
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