Chlamydia trachomatis, an obligate intracellular bacterial species, is known to inhibit host cell apoptosis. However, the chlamydial antiapoptotic mechanism is still not clear. Because NF-κB activation is antiapoptotic, we tested the potential role of NF-κB activation in chlamydial antiapoptotic activity in the current study. First, no obvious NF-κB activation was detected in the chlamydia-infected cells when these cells were resistant to apoptosis induced via either the intrinsic or extrinsic apoptosis pathways. Second, inhibition of NF-κB activation with pharmacologic reagents failed to block the chlamydial antiapoptotic activity. Finally, NF-κB p65 gene deletion did not prevent chlamydia from inhibiting host cell apoptosis. These observations together have demonstrated that NF-κB activation is not required for the chlamydial antiapoptotic activity.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy