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Domenech P.,RI MUHC | Kolly G.S.,RI MUHC | Kolly G.S.,Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne | Leon-Solis L.,RI MUHC | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Bacteriology | Year: 2010

As part of our effort to uncover the molecular basis for the phenotypic variation among clinical Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates, we have previously reported that isolates belonging to the W/Beijing lineage constitutively overexpress the DosR-regulated transcriptional program. While generating dosR knockouts in two independent W/Beijing sublineages, we were surprised to discover that they possess two copies of dosR. This dosR amplification is part of a massive genomic duplication spanning 350 kb and encompassing >300 genes. In total, this equates to 8% of the genome being present as two copies. The presence of IS6110 elements at both ends of the region of duplication, and in the novel junction region, suggests that it arose through unequal homologous recombination of sister chromatids at the IS6110 sequences. Analysis of isolates representing the major M. tuberculosis lineages has revealed that the 350-kb duplication is restricted to the most recently evolved sublineages of the W/Beijing family. Within these isolates, the duplication is partly responsible for the constitutive dosR overexpression phenotype. Although the nature of the selection event giving rise to the duplication remains unresolved, its evolution is almost certainly the result of specific selective pressure(s) encountered inside the host. A preliminary in vitro screen has failed to reveal a role of the duplication in conferring resistance to common antitubercular drugs, a trait frequently associated with W/Beijing isolates. Nevertheless, this first description of a genetic remodeling event of this nature for M. tuberculosis further highlights the potential for the evolution of diversity in this important global pathogen. Copyright © 2010, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.


Gavino C.,McGill University | Hamel N.,RI MUHC | Hamel N.,McGill University | Zeng J.B.,McGill University | And 16 more authors.
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology | Year: 2016

Background Caspase recruitment domain-containing protein 9 (CARD9) deficiency is an autosomal recessive primary immunodeficiency conferring human susceptibility to invasive fungal disease, including spontaneous central nervous system candidiasis (sCNSc). However, clinical characterization of sCNSc is variable, hindering its recognition. Furthermore, an in-depth understanding of the bases for this susceptibility has remained elusive. Objectives We sought to comprehensively characterize sCNSc and to dissect the mechanisms by which a hypomorphic CARD9 mutation causes susceptibility to Candida species. Methods We describe the clinical and radiologic findings of sCNSc caused by CARD9 deficiency in a French-Canadian cohort. We performed genetic, cellular, and molecular analyses to further decipher its pathophysiology. Results In our French-Canadian series (n = 4) sCNSc had onset in adulthood (median, 38 years) and was often misinterpreted radiologically as brain malignancies; 1 patient had additional novel features (eg, endophthalmitis and osteomyelitis). CARD9 deficiency resulted from a hypomorphic p.Y91H mutation and allelic imbalance established in this population through founder effects. We demonstrate a consistent cellular phenotype of impaired GM-CSF responses. The ability of CARD9 to complex with B-cell CLL/lymphoma 10 (BCL10) and mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma translocation protein 1 (MALT1) is intact in our series, arguing against its involvement in susceptibility to fungi. Instead, we show that the p.Y91H mutation impairs the ability of CARD9 to complex with Ras protein-specific guanine nucleotide-releasing factor 1 (RASGRF1), leading to impaired activation of nuclear factor κB and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) in monocytes and subsequent GM-CSF responses. Successful treatment of a second patient with adjunctive GM-CSF bolsters the clinical relevance of these findings. Conclusions Hypomorphic CARD9 deficiency caused by p.Y91H results in adult-onset disease with variable penetrance and expressivity. Our findings establish the CARD9/RASGRF1/ERK/GM-CSF axis as critical to the pathophysiology of sCNSc. © 2016 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

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