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β-glucan-dependent shuttling of conidia from neutrophils to macrophages occurs during fungal infection establishment

Pazhakh, V., Ellett, F., Croker, B. A. , O'Donnell, J. A., Pase, L., Schulze, K. E., Greulich, R. S., Gupta, A., Reyes-Aldasoro, C. C. ORCID: 0000-0002-9466-2018, Andrianopoulos, A. & Lieschke, G. J. (2019). β-glucan-dependent shuttling of conidia from neutrophils to macrophages occurs during fungal infection establishment. PLoS Biology, 17(9), article number e3000113. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000113


The initial host response to fungal pathogen invasion is critical to infection establishment and outcome. However, the diversity of leukocyte-pathogen interactions is only recently being appreciated. We describe a new form of interleukocyte conidial exchange called "shuttling." In Talaromyces marneffei and Aspergillus fumigatus zebrafish in vivo infections, live imaging demonstrated conidia initially phagocytosed by neutrophils were transferred to macrophages. Shuttling is unidirectional, not a chance event, and involves alterations of phagocyte mobility, intercellular tethering, and phagosome transfer. Shuttling kinetics were fungal-species-specific, implicating a fungal determinant. β-glucan serves as a fungal-derived signal sufficient for shuttling. Murine phagocytes also shuttled in vitro. The impact of shuttling for microbiological outcomes of in vivo infections is difficult to specifically assess experimentally, but for these two pathogens, shuttling augments initial conidial redistribution away from fungicidal neutrophils into the favorable macrophage intracellular niche. Shuttling is a frequent host-pathogen interaction contributing to fungal infection establishment patterns.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: ©2019 Pazhakh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License,which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium,provided the original author and source are credited.
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > giCentre
School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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