TitleMacrophage Proteome Analysis at Different Stages of Subspecies Infection Reveals a Mechanism of Pathogen Dissemination.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsPhillips, IL, Danelishvili, L, Bermudez, LE
Date Published2021 Apr 30

Johne's disease is a chronic and usually fatal enteric infection of ruminants caused by subspecies (MAP) and is responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for the agricultural industry. Natural infection typically begins with bacterial uptake and translocation through the epithelium of the small intestine, followed by ingestion by tissue macrophages and dissemination via the lymphatic or blood system throughout the body. To gain insights into the host responses and adaptation of MAP within phagocytic cells, we utilized the previously developed cell culture passage model, and mass spectrometric-based quantitative proteomic approach. Using the cell culture system, which mimics an in vivo interaction of MAP with intestinal epithelium and tissue macrophages, bacteria were passed through the bovine epithelial cells and, subsequently, used for macrophage infection (termed indirect infection), while uninfected cells and macrophage infection initiated with the culture grown bacteria (termed direct infection) served as controls. Approximately 3900 proteins were identified across all studied groups. The comparison within the subset of proteins that showed synthesis for more than two-fold in the direct infection over the uninfected control revealed an enrichment for the pro-inflammatory pathways such as the NF-κB and cytokine/chemokine signaling, positive regulation of defense response, cell activation involved in the immune response and adaptive immune system. While these responses were absent in the indirect infection, cellular pathways such as cell cycle, healing, regulation of cell adhesion, ensemble of core extracellular matrix proteins, cell surface integrins and proteins mediating the integrin signaling were remarkably high within the indirect infection. In addition to global analysis of the macrophage proteome, we further validated the proteomics data and confirmed that MAP passage through epithelial cells modulates the expression and signaling of integrins in phagocytes. In this study, we demonstrate that predominant expression of integrins in the indirectly infected macrophages allows phagocytic cells to initiate stronger binding and efficient translocation through the endothelial cells, suggesting the important role of integrins in the spread of MAP infection.

Alternate JournalProteomes
PubMed ID33946162
PubMed Central IDPMC8162536
Grant ListFX0290-VLX3 (L.D.) / / Agricultural Research Foundation (ARF) /
FX0290-VLX2 (L.D.) / / Oregon Dairy Farmers Association (ODFA) /