Host cell autophagy contributes to Plasmodium liver development

Carolina Thieleke -Matos, Mafalda Lopes da Silva, Laura Cabrita-Santos, Martim D. Portal, Ines P. Rodrigues, Vanessa Zuzarte-Luis, Jose S. Ramalho, Clare E. Futter, Maria M. Mota, Duarte C. Barral, Miguel C. Seabra

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Abstract

Autophagy plays an important role in the defence against intracellular pathogens. However, some microorganisms can manipulate this host cell pathway to their advantage. In this study, we addressed the role of host cell autophagy during Plasmodium berghei liver infection. We show that vesicles containing the autophagic marker LC3 surround parasites from early time-points after invasion and throughout infection and colocalize with the parasitophorous vacuole membrane. Moreover, we show that the LC3-positive vesicles that surround Plasmodium parasites are amphisomes that converge from the endocytic and autophagic pathways, because they contain markers of both pathways. When the host autophagic pathway was inhibited by silencing several of its key regulators such as LC3, Beclin1, Vps34 or Atg5, we observed a reduction in parasite size. We also found that LC3 surrounds parasites in vivo and that parasite load is diminished in a mouse model deficient for autophagy. Together, these results show the importance of the host autophagic pathway for parasite development during the liver stage of Plasmodium infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-450
Number of pages14
JournalCellular Microbiology
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Keywords

  • STAGE
  • INFECTION
  • PROTEIN
  • HEPATOCYTES
  • PATHWAYS
  • IMMUNITY
  • DISEASE
  • ROLES
  • STORY
  • MICE

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