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AIM2 activates the inflammasome and cell death in response to cytoplasmic DNA

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, January 2009
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AIM2 activates the inflammasome and cell death in response to cytoplasmic DNA
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Nature, January 2009
DOI 10.1038/nature07710
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Teresa Fernandes-Alnemri, Je-Wook Yu, Pinaki Datta, Jianghong Wu, Emad S. Alnemri


Host- and pathogen-associated cytoplasmic double-stranded DNA triggers the activation of a NALP3 (also known as cryopyrin and NLRP3)-independent inflammasome, which activates caspase-1 leading to maturation of pro-interleukin-1beta and inflammation. The nature of the cytoplasmic-DNA-sensing inflammasome is currently unknown. Here we show that AIM2 (absent in melanoma 2), an interferon-inducible HIN-200 family member that contains an amino-terminal pyrin domain and a carboxy-terminal oligonucleotide/oligosaccharide-binding domain, senses cytoplasmic DNA by means of its oligonucleotide/oligosaccharide-binding domain and interacts with ASC (apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a CARD) through its pyrin domain to activate caspase-1. The interaction of AIM2 with ASC also leads to the formation of the ASC pyroptosome, which induces pyroptotic cell death in cells containing caspase-1. Knockdown of AIM2 by short interfering RNA reduced inflammasome/pyroptosome activation by cytoplasmic DNA in human and mouse macrophages, whereas stable expression of AIM2 in the non-responsive human embryonic kidney 293T cell line conferred responsiveness to cytoplasmic DNA. Our results show that cytoplasmic DNA triggers formation of the AIM2 inflammasome by inducing AIM2 oligomerization. This study identifies AIM2 as an important inflammasome component that senses potentially dangerous cytoplasmic DNA, leading to activation of the ASC pyroptosome and caspase-1.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 15 3%
Germany 6 1%
France 6 1%
United Kingdom 3 <1%
Turkey 2 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Other 10 2%
Unknown 525 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 160 28%
Researcher 121 21%
Student > Master 74 13%
Student > Bachelor 54 9%
Professor > Associate Professor 33 6%
Other 93 16%
Unknown 38 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 267 47%
Immunology and Microbiology 87 15%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 77 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 58 10%
Neuroscience 10 2%
Other 22 4%
Unknown 52 9%

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