Sirish K. Ippagunta

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The adaptor ASC contributes to innate immunity through the assembly of inflammasome complexes that activate the cysteine protease caspase-1. Here we demonstrate that ASC has an inflammasome-independent, cell-intrinsic role in cells of the adaptive immune response. ASC-deficient mice showed defective antigen presentation by dendritic cells (DCs) and(More)
Caspase-mediated cleavage of the DNA damage sensor poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP1) is a hallmark of apoptosis. However, it remains unclear whether PARP1 is processed during pyroptosis, a specialized cell-death program that occurs upon activation of caspase-1 in inflammasome complexes. In this article, we show that activation of the Nlrp3 and Nlrc4(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease with 1% prevalence in the industrialized world. The contributions of the inflammasome components Nlrp3, ASC, and caspase-1 in the pathogenesis of collagen-induced arthritis have not been characterized. Here, we show that ASC(-/-) mice were protected from arthritis, whereas Nlrp3(-/-) and caspase-1(-/-) mice were(More)
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease with a clear genetic contribution, characterized by keratinocyte proliferation and immune cell infiltration. Various closely interacting cell types, including innate immune cells, T cells, and keratinocytes, are known to contribute to inflammation. Innate immune cells most likely initiate the inflammatory(More)
The adaptor protein ASC contributes to innate immunity through the assembly of caspase-1activating inflammasome complexes. We demonstrate that ASC plays an inflammasomeindependent cell-intrinsic role in adaptive immune cells. Asc−/− mice displayed defective antigen presentation by dendritic cells and lymphocyte migration due to impaired Rac-mediated actin(More)
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