Prevention of chlamydia-induced infertility by inhibition of local caspase activity

Joseph U. Igietseme, Yusuf Omosun, James Partin, Jason Goldstein, Qing He, Kahaliah Joseph, Debra Ellerson, Uzma Ansari, Francis O. Eko, Claudiu Bandea, Guangming Zhong, Carolyn M. Black

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Abstract

Tubal factor infertility (TFI) represents 36% of female infertility and genital infection by Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis) is a major cause. Although TFI is associated with host inflammatory responses to bacterial components, the molecular pathogenesis of Chlamydia-induced infertility remains poorly understood. We investigated the hypothesis that activation of specific cysteine proteases, the caspases, during C. trachomatis genital infection causes the disruption of key fertility-promoting molecules required for embryo development and implantation. We analyzed the effect of caspase inhibition on infertility and the integrity of Dicer, a caspase-sensitive, fertility-promoting ribonuclease III enzyme, and key micro-RNAs in the reproductive system. Genital infection with the inflammation- and caspase-inducing, wild-type C. trachomatis serovar L2 led to infertility, but the noninflammation-inducing, plasmid-free strain did not. We confirmed that caspase-mediated apoptotic tissue destruction may contribute to chlamydial pathogenesis. Caspase-1 or -3 deficiency, or local administration of the pan caspase inhibitor, Z-VAD-FMK into normal mice protected against Chlamydia-induced infertility. Finally, the oviducts of infected infertile mice showed evidence of caspase-mediated cleavage inactivation of Dicer and alteration in critical miRNAs that regulate growth, differentiation, and development, including mir-21. These results provide new insight into the molecular pathogenesis of TFI with significant implications for new strategies for treatment and prevention of chlamydial complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1095-1104
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume207
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

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Chlamydia
Caspases
Infertility
Chlamydia trachomatis
MicroRNAs
Fertility
Infection
Ribonuclease III
Female Infertility
Caspase 1
Caspase Inhibitors
Oviducts
Cysteine Proteases
Growth and Development
Embryonic Development
Plasmids
Inflammation
Enzymes

Keywords

  • caspase
  • Chlamydia
  • Dicer
  • infertility and pathogenesis
  • inflammasome
  • miRNAs

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  • Infectious Diseases
  • Immunology and Allergy

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Igietseme, J. U., Omosun, Y., Partin, J., Goldstein, J., He, Q., Joseph, K., ... Black, C. M. (2013). Prevention of chlamydia-induced infertility by inhibition of local caspase activity. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 207(7), 1095-1104. https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jit009

Prevention of chlamydia-induced infertility by inhibition of local caspase activity. / Igietseme, Joseph U.; Omosun, Yusuf; Partin, James; Goldstein, Jason; He, Qing; Joseph, Kahaliah; Ellerson, Debra; Ansari, Uzma; Eko, Francis O.; Bandea, Claudiu; Zhong, Guangming; Black, Carolyn M.

In: Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol. 207, No. 7, 01.04.2013, p. 1095-1104.

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Igietseme, JU, Omosun, Y, Partin, J, Goldstein, J, He, Q, Joseph, K, Ellerson, D, Ansari, U, Eko, FO, Bandea, C, Zhong, G & Black, CM 2013, 'Prevention of chlamydia-induced infertility by inhibition of local caspase activity', Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 207, no. 7, pp. 1095-1104. https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jit009
Igietseme JU, Omosun Y, Partin J, Goldstein J, He Q, Joseph K et al. Prevention of chlamydia-induced infertility by inhibition of local caspase activity. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2013 Apr 1;207(7):1095-1104. https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jit009
Igietseme, Joseph U. ; Omosun, Yusuf ; Partin, James ; Goldstein, Jason ; He, Qing ; Joseph, Kahaliah ; Ellerson, Debra ; Ansari, Uzma ; Eko, Francis O. ; Bandea, Claudiu ; Zhong, Guangming ; Black, Carolyn M. / Prevention of chlamydia-induced infertility by inhibition of local caspase activity. In: Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2013 ; Vol. 207, No. 7. pp. 1095-1104.
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