Stromal Cell-Derived Factor 1 Mediates Immune Cell Attraction upon Urinary Tract Infection

Batya Isaacson, Tehila Hadad, Ariella Glasner, Chamutal Gur, Zvi Granot, Gilad Bachrach, Ofer Mandelboim*

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Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common type of bacterial infection in humans. Fifty percent of all women will experience at least one UTI in their lifetime, with uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) accounting for 80% of reported cases. UTI evokes a complex, well-timed immune response that is crucial for bacterial clearance. The majority of immune cells participating in the immune response are absent from the healthy bladder, and the mechanisms used to recruit them upon UTI are not fully understood. Here, we show that immediately after UPEC infection, bladder epithelial cells secrete stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1), initiating immune cell accumulation at the site of infection. SDF-1 blockade significantly reduced immune cell migration to the infected bladder, resulting in severe exacerbation of infection. We also show that FimH, the adhesin of type 1 fimbria, one of UPEC's virulence factors, is directly involved in the secretion of SDF-1 upon UTI.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)40-47
Number of pages8
JournalCell Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 5 Jul 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Daphna Borowsky for excellent suggestions and ideas. This study was supported by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013) ERC grant 320473-BacNK. Further support came from the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and the Israel Science Foundation and by the I-Core on Chromatin and RNA in Gene Regulation, the GIF Foundation, the Lewis Family Foundation, an ICRF professorship grant, a Helmholtz Israel grant, a Kamin grant, and the Rosetrees Trust (all to O.M.). O.M is a Crown professor of Molecular Immunology.

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  • SDF1
  • UPEC
  • UTI
  • innate cells


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