The objective of this proposal is to identify the role of autophagy regulation of innate and adaptive immunity in dengue virus (DENV)-infected cells. Infection with one ofthe four serotypes of DENV generates long-term homotypic immunity;however, studies have identified an association of preexisting immunity to one DENV serotype with a greater risk of developing more severe disease, dengue hemorrhagic fever/dengue shock syndrome (DHF/DSS), during subsequent infection with a different DENV serotype. Several studies have also shown DENV strain-related differences in activation of innate immune pathways. Autophagy intersects with both innate and adaptive immune mechanisms. Recent studies have demonstrated DENV-induced activafion of autophagy, but have not fully defined its interacfion with innate and adaptive immunity and have not considered strain-related factors. This project will investigate the effects of DENV'strains with different profiles of inducfion of type I interferon on autophagy and the effects of infection on innate and adaptive immune responses. This objective will be accomplished through the following Specific Aims: 1. We will investigate the inducfion of autophagy and signaling through the mitochondrial antiviral signaling (MAVS) pathway in primary human and murine monocytes and dendrific cells infected with different DENV strains. 2. We will investigate the effects of autophagy on dendrific cell activafion and expression of co-stimulatory molecules and cytokines induced by different DENV strains and the downstream effects on anfigen presentation and activation of DENV-specific T cells. These studies will elucidate strain-related differences in driving innate and adaptive immune responses that might be targeted as part of immunomodulatory therapies for dengue.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Type
Exploratory Grants (P20)
Project #
1P20GM104317-01
Application #
8465983
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZGM1-TWD-A (CB))
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2013-09-01
Budget End
2014-05-31
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$263,140
Indirect Cost
$91,713
Name
University of Rhode Island
Department
Type
DUNS #
144017188
City
Kingston
State
RI
Country
United States
Zip Code
02881