Human guanylate-binding proteins in intracellular pathogen detection, destruction, and host cell death induction

Curr Opin Immunol. 2023 Oct:84:102373. doi: 10.1016/j.coi.2023.102373. Epub 2023 Aug 1.


Cell-intrinsic defense is an essential part of the immune response against intracellular pathogens regulated by cytokine-induced proteins and pathways. One of the most upregulated families of proteins in this defense system are the guanylate-binding proteins (GBPs), large GTPases of the dynamin family, induced in response to interferon gamma. Human GBPs (hGBPs) exert their antimicrobial activity through detection of pathogen-associated molecular patterns and/or damage-associated molecular patterns to execute control mechanisms directed at the pathogen itself as well as the vacuolar compartments in which it resides. Consequently, hGBPs are also inducers of canonical and noncanonical inflammasome responses leading to host cell death. The mechanisms are both cell-type and pathogen-dependent with hGBP1 acting as a pioneer sensor for intracellular invaders. This review focuses on the most recent functional roles of hGBPs in pathways of pathogen detection, destruction, and host cell death induction.

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