Molecular signatures of neutrophil extracellular traps in human visceral leishmaniasis

Abstract

Infections with parasites of the Leishmania donovani complex result in clinical outcomes that range from asymptomatic infection to severe and fatal visceral leishmaniasis (VL). Neutrophils are major players of the immune response against Leishmania, but their contribution to distinct states of infection is unknown. Gene expression data suggest the activation of the NETosis pathway during human visceral leishmaniasis. Thus, we conducted an exploratory study to evaluate NET-related molecules in retrospective sera from VL patients, asymptomatic individuals and uninfected endemic controls. We demonstrate that VL patients and asymptomatic individuals exhibit differential regulation of molecules associated with neutrophil extracellular traps (NET). These differences were observed at the transcriptional level of genes encoding NET-associated proteins; in quantifications of cell free DNA and metalloproteinase 9; and in enzymatic activity of DNAse and elastase. Moreover, multivariate analysis resulted in class-specific signatures, and ROC curves demonstrate the ability of these molecules in discriminating asymptomatic infection from uninfected controls. Molecules that are associated with NETs are differentially regulated between distinct states of infection with L. infantum, suggesting that NETs might have distinct roles depending on the clinical status of infection. Although unlikely to be exclusive for VL, these signatures can be useful to better characterize asymptomatic infections in endemic regions of this disease.

DOI: 10.1186/s13071-017-2222-5

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@inproceedings{Gardinassi2017MolecularSO, title={Molecular signatures of neutrophil extracellular traps in human visceral leishmaniasis}, author={Luiz Gardinassi and Thiago S. DeSouza-Vieira and Naila O. da Silva and Gustavo R. Garc{\'i}a and Val{\'e}ria Matos Borges and Roseane Nunes de Santana Campos and Roque Pacheco de Almeida and Isabel Kinney Ferreira de Miranda Santos and Elvira Maria Breier Saraiva}, booktitle={Parasites & Vectors}, year={2017} }