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Malarial hemozoin is a Nalp3 inflammasome activating danger signal
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Advances in TNF family research
Proceedings of the 12th International TNF Conference, 2009
Wallach D., Kovalenko A., Feldman M.
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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Characteristic symptoms of malaria include recurrent fever attacks and neurodegeneration, signs that are also found in patients with a hyperactive Nalp3 inflammasome. Plasmodium species produce a pigment called hemozoin that is generated by detoxification of heme after hemoglobin degradation in infected red blood cells. We will present data showing that hemoroin acts as a proinflammatory danger signal through activation of the Nalp3 inflammasome, causing the release of IL-1β. Similar to other Nalp3-activating particles, hemozoin activity is blocked by inhibitors of phagocytosis, K+ efflux and NADPH oxidase. In vivo, injection of hemozoin results in acute peritonitis, which is impaired in Nalp3- and IL-1R-deficient mice. Moreover, the pathogenesis of cerebral malaria is reduced in caspase-1-deficient mice infected with Plasmodium berghei sporozoites, while parasitemia remains unchanged. Thus, Plasmodium-generated hemozoin may act as a danger signal resulting in an uncontrolled proinflammatory host response and thereby contributing to the cerebral manifestations seen in malaria.
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