Doctor of Philosophy, University of Missouri Columbia (2012)
Bachelor of Science, University of Texas Austin (2007)
Denise Monack, Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
Host-adapted Salmonella strains are responsible for a number of disease manifestations in mammals, including an asymptomatic chronic infection in which bacteria survive within macrophages located in systemic sites. However, the host cell physiology and metabolic requirements supporting bacterial persistence are poorly understood. In a mouse model of long-term infection, we found that S. typhimurium preferentially associates with anti-inflammatory/M2 macrophages at later stages of infection. Further, PPAR?, a eukaryotic transcription factor involved in sustaining fatty acid metabolism, is upregulated in Salmonella-infected macrophages. PPAR? deficiency dramatically inhibits Salmonella replication, which is linked to the metabolic state of macrophages and the level of intracellular glucose available to bacteria. Pharmacological activation of PPAR? increases glucose availability and enhances bacterial replication in macrophages and mice, while Salmonella fail to persist in Ppar? null mice. These data suggest that M2 macrophages represent a unique niche for long-term intracellular bacterial survival and link the PPAR?-regulated metabolic state of the host cell to persistent bacterial infection.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.chom.2013.07.010
View details for PubMedID 23954156