Mitogen-activated protein kinases are involved in tumor necrosis factor alpha production in macrophages infected with Orientia tsutsugamushi.

Orientia tsutsugamushi, an obligatory intracellular bacterium, is the causative agent of scrub typhus. Here the role of MAPK in TNF-alpha production in macrophages after infection with O. tsutsugamushi has been investigated. ERK1/2, JNK, and p38 MAPK became phosphorylated in Orientia-stimulated macrophages. Selective inhibitors of MAPK cascades could all… (More)