CAMP metabolism controls caspase-11 inflammasome activation and pyroptosis in sepsis

Ruochan Chen, Ling Zeng, Shan Zhu, Jiao Liu, Herbert J. Zeh, Guido Kroemer, Haichao Wang, Timothy R. Billiar, Jianxin Jiang, Daolin Tang, Rui Kang

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Abstract

The ability of cytosolic lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to activate caspase-11-dependent nonclassical inflammasome is intricately controlled to avoid excessive inflammatory responses. However, very little is known about the regulatory role of various metabolic pathways in the control of caspase-11 activation. Here, we demonstrate that l-adrenaline can act on receptor ADRA2B to inhibit the activation of the caspase-11 inflammasome by cytosolic LPS or Escherichia coli infection in macrophages. l-adrenaline-induced cAMP production via the enzyme ADCY4 promotes protein kinase A (PKA) activation, which then blocks the caspase-11-mediated proteolytic maturation of interleukin-1, gasdermin D (GSDMD) cleavage, and consequent DAMP release. Inhibition of PDE8A-mediated cAMP hydrolysis limits caspase-11 inflammasome activation and pyroptosis in macrophages. Consequently, pharmacological modulation of the ADRA2B-ADCY4-PDE8A-PKA axis, knockout of caspase-11 (Casp11-/-), or Gsdmd inactivation (GsdmdI105N/I105N) similarly protects against LPS-induced lethality in poly(I:C)-primed mice. Our results provide previously unidentified mechanistic insight into immune regulation by cAMP and represent a proof of concept that immunometabolism constitutes a potential therapeutic target in sepsis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberaav5562
JournalScience Advances
Volume5
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • General

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    Chen, R., Zeng, L., Zhu, S., Liu, J., Zeh, H. J., Kroemer, G., Wang, H., Billiar, T. R., Jiang, J., Tang, D., & Kang, R. (2019). CAMP metabolism controls caspase-11 inflammasome activation and pyroptosis in sepsis. Science Advances, 5(5), [aav5562]. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aav5562