Bacterial secreted effectors and caspase-3 interactions

Wall, D. M. and McCormick, B. A. (2014) Bacterial secreted effectors and caspase-3 interactions. Cellular Microbiology, 16(12), pp. 1746-1756. (doi: 10.1111/cmi.12368) (PMID:25262664) (PMCID:PMC4257569)

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Apoptosis is a critical process that intrinsically links organism survival to its ability to induce controlled death. Thus, functional apoptosis allows organisms to remove perceived threats to their survival by targeting those cells that it determines pose a direct risk. Central to this process are apoptotic caspases, enzymes that form a signalling cascade, converting danger signals via initiator caspases into activation of the executioner caspase, caspase-3. This enzyme begins disassembly of the cell by activating DNA degrading enzymes and degrading the cellular architecture. Interaction of pathogenic bacteria with caspases, and in particular, caspase-3, can therefore impact both host cell and bacterial survival. With roles outside cell death such as cell differentiation, control of signalling pathways and immunomodulation also being described for caspase-3, bacterial interactions with caspase-3 may be of far more significance in infection than previously recognized. In this review, we highlight the ways in which bacterial pathogens have evolved to subvert caspase-3 both through effector proteins that directly interact with the enzyme or by modulating pathways that influence its activation and activity.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wall, Dr Daniel
Authors: Wall, D. M., and McCormick, B. A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
Journal Name:Cellular Microbiology
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
ISSN (Online):1462-5822
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in Cellular Microbiology 16(12):1746-1756
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
607841Survival and dissemination of enteric pathogens through exploitation and inhibition of programmed cell death pathways in circulating immune cells.Daniel WallBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)BB/K008005/1III - BACTERIOLOGY