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Statins enhance formation of phagocyte extracellular traps.


Chow, O A; von Köckritz-Blickwede, M; Bright, A T; Hensler, M E; Zinkernagel, A S; Cogen, A L; Gallo, R L; Monestier, M; Wang, Y; Glass, C K; Nizet, V (2010). Statins enhance formation of phagocyte extracellular traps. Cell Host & Microbe, 8(5):445-454.

Abstract

Statins are inhibitors of 3-hydroxy 3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, the rate-limiting enzyme in cholesterol biosynthesis. Recent clinico-epidemiologic studies correlate patients receiving statin therapy with having reduced mortality associated with severe bacterial infection. Investigating the effect of statins on the innate immune capacity of phagocytic cells against the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, we uncovered a beneficial effect of statins on bacterial clearance by phagocytes, although, paradoxically, both phagocytosis and oxidative burst were inhibited. Probing instead for an extracellular mechanism of killing, we found that statins boosted the production of antibacterial DNA-based extracellular traps (ETs) by human and murine neutrophils and also monocytes/macrophages. The effect of statins to induce phagocyte ETs was linked to sterol pathway inhibition. We conclude that a drug therapy taken chronically by millions alters the functional behavior of phagocytic cells, which could have ramifications for susceptibility and response to bacterial infections in these patients.

Abstract

Statins are inhibitors of 3-hydroxy 3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, the rate-limiting enzyme in cholesterol biosynthesis. Recent clinico-epidemiologic studies correlate patients receiving statin therapy with having reduced mortality associated with severe bacterial infection. Investigating the effect of statins on the innate immune capacity of phagocytic cells against the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, we uncovered a beneficial effect of statins on bacterial clearance by phagocytes, although, paradoxically, both phagocytosis and oxidative burst were inhibited. Probing instead for an extracellular mechanism of killing, we found that statins boosted the production of antibacterial DNA-based extracellular traps (ETs) by human and murine neutrophils and also monocytes/macrophages. The effect of statins to induce phagocyte ETs was linked to sterol pathway inhibition. We conclude that a drug therapy taken chronically by millions alters the functional behavior of phagocytic cells, which could have ramifications for susceptibility and response to bacterial infections in these patients.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Infectious Diseases
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:11 Jan 2011 15:17
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:34
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1931-3128
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chom.2010.10.005
PubMed ID:21075355

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