Pyroptosis in microbial infectious diseases

Mol Biol Rep. 2023 Dec 29;51(1):42. doi: 10.1007/s11033-023-09078-w.


Pyroptosis is a gasdermins-mediated programmed cell death that plays an essential role in immune regulation, and its role in autoimmune disease and cancer has been studied extensively. Increasing evidence shows that various microbial infections can lead to pyroptosis, associated with the occurrence and development of microbial infectious diseases. This study reviews the recent advances in pyroptosis in microbial infection, including bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. We also explore potential therapeutic strategies for treating microbial infection-related diseases by targeting pyroptosis.

Keywords: Caspases; Gasdermins; Inflammasomes; Microbial infections; Pyroptosis; Therapeutic strategies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis
  • Humans
  • Inflammasomes / metabolism
  • Neoplasms*
  • Pyroptosis*


  • Inflammasomes