The inflammasomes are multiprotein complexes sensing tissue damage and infectious agents to initiate innate immune responses. Different inflammasomes containing distinct sensor molecules exist. The NLRP3 inflammasome is unique as it detects a variety of danger signals. It has been reported that NLRP3 is recruited to mitochondria-associated endoplasmic reticulum membranes (MAMs) and is activated by MAM-derived effectors. Here, we show that in response to inflammasome activators, MAMs localize adjacent to Golgi membranes. Diacylglycerol (DAG) at the Golgi rapidly increases, recruiting protein kinase D (PKD), a key effector of DAG. Upon PKD inactivation, self-oligomerized NLRP3 is retained at MAMs adjacent to Golgi, blocking assembly of the active inflammasome. Importantly, phosphorylation of NLRP3 by PKD at the Golgi is sufficient to release NLRP3 from MAMs, resulting in assembly of the active inflammasome. Moreover, PKD inhibition prevents inflammasome autoactivation in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients carrying NLRP3 mutations. Hence, Golgi-mediated PKD signaling is required and sufficient for NLRP3 inflammasome activation.
Inflammasomes are large molecular platforms that are assembled in the cytoplasm in response to pathogens and danger signals. Faithful regulation of inflammasome activity is crucial to maintain efficient host defense in complex organisms. Inflammasome activation leads to maturation and secretion of the proinflammatory cytokines IL-1β and IL-18, which initiate early inflammatory responses. Moreover, it causes a fast proinflammatory form of cell death called pyroptosis (Rathinam and Fitzgerald, 2016). Uncontrolled inflammasome activation contributes to development of neurodegenerative, metabolic, and autoimmune/autoinflammatory diseases as well as cancer (Strowig et al., 2012; Broz and Dixit, 2016).
Different sensing molecules of the family of cytoplasmic pattern-recognition receptors form distinct inflammasome complexes specialized to detect specific pathogen components and/or danger signals (Lamkanfi and Dixit, 2012). The NLRP3 inflammasome is unique in the sense that it is capable of detecting a broad variety of danger signals. Activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome occurs in two steps. Priming through cytokine or pattern-recognition receptor signaling leads to transcription and translation of NLRP3 and pro–IL-1β. Different stimuli, including ATP, toxins, and crystalline reagents, in turn trigger assembly of the inflammasome, a multimeric protein complex consisting of NLRP3, the adaptor protein apoptosis-associated speck-like protein (ASC), and pro–caspase-1. Assembly of these components leads to autoactivation of caspase-1, which cleaves pro–IL-1β and pro–IL-18 into mature cytokines (Schroder and Tschopp, 2010; Latz et al., 2013; Lamkanfi and Dixit, 2014). The cleavage of gasdermin D (GSDMD), which has been recently identified as a novel substrate of inflammatory caspases, leads to pyroptosis and secretion of IL-1β and IL-18 (He et al., 2015; Kayagaki et al., 2015; Shi et al., 2015).
Many mechanisms leading to assembly of the NLRP3 inflammasome have been proposed, but their links still need to be characterized. Among those, efflux of K+ appears to be a crucial upstream event required to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome (Pétrilli et al., 2007). But how low intracellular K+ induces assembly of NLRP3 is unclear. Recently, it has been shown that NEK7 acts downstream of K+ efflux to bind NLRP3, promoting its self-oligomerization (He et al., 2016; Schmid-Burgk et al., 2016; Shi et al., 2016). Several studies also provide evidence for Ca2+ mobilization to be important for NLRP3 inflammasome activation (Lee et al., 2012; Murakami et al., 2012; Rossol et al., 2012). A direct implication of intracellular Ca2+ signaling was, however, recently debated (Muñoz-Planillo et al., 2013; Katsnelson et al., 2015). It was thus rather proposed that release of Ca2+ from the ER to mitochondria trigger mitochondrial Ca2+ overload and injury (Lee et al., 2012; Murakami et al., 2012). Damaged mitochondria in turn release several factors that activate the NLRP3 inflammasome (Nakahira et al., 2011; Shimada et al., 2012; Iyer et al., 2013). Release of Ca2+ from the ER is mediated through inositol-1, 4, 5-trisphosphate (InsP3), a product of phospholipase C (PLC). Even though mechanisms leading to PLC activity are unknown, its involvement in NLRP3 inflammasome activation has recently been reported (Lee et al., 2012; Chae et al., 2015). Although PLC-mediated generation of InsP3 and Ca2+ overload may trigger mitochondrial damage, the role of the other product of PLC activation, diacylglycerol (DAG), remains unexplored in this context. Importantly, NLRP3 was shown to directly bind to mitochondria-associated ER membranes (MAMs; Zhou et al., 2011; Yang et al., 2015). However, the fully active NLRP3 inflammasome is cytoplasmic, suggesting that its maturation requires additional steps.
In this study, we show that PKD signaling emanating from the Golgi is required for full maturation of the NLRP3 inflammasome. In response to NLRP3 inflammasome activators, MAMs localize adjacent to Golgi membranes. At the molecular level, enhanced DAG levels at the Golgi recruits and activates PKD, which subsequently phosphorylates NLRP3, releasing it from MAMs and resulting in assembly of the fully mature inflammasome in the cytosol.
MAMs localize adjacent to the Golgi, where DAG is enriched upon NLRP3 inflammasome activation
A current model suggests that signaling converging into PLC leads to generation of InsP3, inducing InsP3 receptor (InsP3R)–mediated release of Ca2+ from the ER to mitochondria and mitochondrial Ca2+ overload and injury (Lee et al., 2012; Murakami et al., 2012). Damaged mitochondria in turn release several factors that trigger activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome (Nakahira et al., 2011; Zhou et al., 2011; Iyer et al., 2013; Subramanian et al., 2013; Wang et al., 2014; Gurung et al., 2015). We tested whether DAG, the other product of PLC activation, was involved in NLRP3 inflammasome activation. Using a reporter consisting of a GFP fused to the C1 domains of protein kinase C δ (PKCδ) that bind DAG (Codazzi et al., 2001), we monitored localized production of DAG in mouse BMDMs in response to nigericin-induced inflammasome activation. Although the reporter was mainly present in the cytosol and localized only partially to the Golgi in nonstimulated cells, its localization was almost exclusively confined to this organelle in nigericin-stimulated cells, indicating that DAG production in Golgi membranes was enhanced. Inhibition of PLC by U71322 decreased Golgi localization of the reporter in nigericin-stimulated cells (Fig. 1 A). DAG accumulation at Golgi occurred upstream of inflammasome activation, as deletion of NLRP3 did not affect it (Fig. 1 B). Mitochondria associated with ER membranes release effectors that have been reported to mediate activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome (Nakahira et al., 2011; Zhou et al., 2011; Iyer et al., 2013; Subramanian et al., 2013; Wang et al., 2014; Gurung et al., 2015). Coimmunostaining with markers for mitochondria and Golgi revealed that mitochondria predominantly clustered around the Golgi apparatus in BMDMs treated with different NLRP3 inflammasome activators (Fig. 2 A). This observation was confirmed in THP-1 cells, a human monocyte cell line (Fig. 2 B). Mitochondrial clustering close to Golgi was not affected by deletion of NLRP3 in BMDMs (Fig. 2 A).
Disruption of Golgi integrity with brefeldin A (BFA) markedly reduced caspase-1 cleavage, IL-1β cleavage and secretion, and the formation of ASC specks (in ∼63% of DMSO-treated and ∼15% of BFA-treated cells) upon inflammasome activation in BMDMs (Fig. 3, A–D). Activation of other inflammasomes (AIM2, NLRC4, and PYRIN inflammasome) did not evoke mitochondrial clustering around the Golgi (Fig. 2 C), suggesting that the observed organelle distribution is specific for NLRP3 inflammasome activation. These data let us to hypothesize that DAG-dependent Golgi signaling close to MAMs might be important in NLRP3 inflammasome activation.
PKD activity is required for NLRP3 inflammasome activation
One of the key effectors of DAG at the Golgi is PKD (Liljedahl et al., 2001; Baron and Malhotra, 2002). Indeed, PKD was enriched in the Golgi fraction in response to NLRP3 inflammasome activation, which was not affected by PKD inhibition (Fig. S1 A). We next tested whether PKD activity is required for activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome. Strikingly, four different PKD inhibitors (CRT 0066101, Gö 6976, CID 755673, and kb NB 142–70) almost completely abolished inflammasome activity in stimulated peritoneal macrophages and/or BMDMs without affecting expression of NLRP3, pro–caspase-1, pro–IL-1β, and ASC (Fig. 4, A and B; and Fig. S1, B and C). As previously reported (Lee et al., 2012), the InsP3R antagonist 2-APB almost completely blocked inflammasome activation (Fig. 4, A and B; and Fig. S1 C). The PKC inhibitor Gö 6983, which does not inhibit PKD activity (Uesugi et al., 2012), had no such effect (Fig. 4, A and B; and Fig. S1 C). Inflammasome activation was also dramatically reduced upon PKD inhibition in human PBMCs (Fig. 4 C).
The PKD family consists of three members: PKD1, PKD2, and PKD3 (Rykx et al., 2003). To further corroborate the requirement of PKD activity in NLRP3 inflammasome activation, we generated myeloid-specific PKD1-PKD3 double-KO (PKD1-PKD3Δmy) mice (Fig. S1 D). NLRP3 inflammasome activation in BMDMs isolated from PKD1-PKD3Δmy mice was markedly reduced as compared with cells isolated from floxed control mice (PKD1-PKD3fl/fl; Fig. 4, D–F). Inhibition was not as prominent as in PKD inhibitor–treated cells, most likely because of the remaining PKD2 activity. Indeed, additional pharmacologic inhibition of PKD (Fig. 4, D–F) or siRNA-mediated knockdown of PKD2 (Fig. 4 G) abolished inflammasome activity in KO cells. The development of the myeloid lineage was not affected in PKD1-PKD3Δmy mice (Fig. S1, E and F). Priming and release of other NF-κB–dependent cytokines were not impaired in BMDMs from PKD1-PKD3Δmy mice (Fig. S1, D, G, and H). To further corroborate that remaining PKD2 activity in KO cells was indeed responsible for residual inflammasome activity, we generated Raw-ASC macrophages lacking PKD1, PKD2, and PKD3 (Fig. S1 I). Strikingly, caspase-1 cleavage and secretion in response to nigericin was completely abolished in these cells as compared with WT cells (Fig. 4 I). Inhibition was comparable to the one seen in NLRP3-KO cells. As expected, caspase-1 was undetectable in Caspase-1–KO cells. In line with previous studies (He et al., 2015; Kayagaki et al., 2015; Shi et al., 2015), caspase-1 cleavage was partially maintained, whereas its secretion was abolished in GSDMD-KO cells (Fig. 4 I).
Flagellin-induced NLRC4-, dsDNA-induced AIM2-, and cytotoxin TcdB-induced PYRIN inflammasome activation was not affected in BMDMs upon PKD inhibition. Inhibition of PKD upon NLRC4 inflammasome activation did not change autocleavage of caspase-1 (Fig. S2 A). The same was true for AIM2 and PYRIN inflammasome activation, of which formation of ASC specks was also unchanged (Fig. S2 B).
Several studies have shown that gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli) and gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus) activated the NRLP3 inflammasome (Mariathasan et al., 2006; Sander et al., 2011). In line with these studies, activation of NLRP3 inflammasome-dependent cleavage of caspase-1 in response to both E. coli DH5α and S. aureus was abolished in NLRP3-KO cells (Fig. 5 A). In comparison with WT cells, the cleavage of caspase-1 was markedly decreased in PKD1-PKD3Δmy cells (Fig. 5 A).
To corroborate the role of PKD in NLRP3 inflammasome activation in vivo, we first treated mice with LPS by i.p. injection in the absence or presence of PKD inhibition. LPS injection increased the serum IL-1β level in DMSO-treated control mice (Fig. 5 B), whereas serum IL-1β was almost not detectable in NLRP3-KO mice (Fig. 5 B). In comparison with DMSO-treated control mice, CRT 0066101–treated mice showed dramatically reduced serum IL-1β levels (Fig. 5 B). We next addressed PKD-dependent phenotypic outcomes in mice during a bacterial challenge. Inhibition of PKD in mice subjected to i.p. injections of S. aureus led to a significantly enhanced mortality as compared with infected DMSO-treated control mice (Fig. 5 C). Accordingly, higher mortality was accompanied with a reduced body temperature (Fig. 5 D) as well as an increased bacterial load (Fig. 5, E and F). Similarly, PKD1-PKD3Δmy mice showed accelerated mortality (Fig. 5 G) and lower body temperature (Fig. 5 H) as compared with PKD1-PKD3fl/fl control mice. Our data are thus in line with previous findings in ASC- and IL-1β–deficient mice (Miller et al., 2007), supporting that PKD-mediated NLRP3-dependent IL-1 β release is an important response for efficient clearance of S. aureus.
Taking all together, these data thus corroborate an important role of PKD signaling in mediating NLRP3 inflammasome activity.
PKD acts downstream of mitochondrial damage and is required for the recruitment of ASC to NLRP3
Numerous studies suggest that mitochondrial damage is important for the activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome (Nakahira et al., 2011; Zhou et al., 2011; Iyer et al., 2013; Subramanian et al., 2013; Gurung et al., 2015). We thus tested whether PKD activity controls mitochondrial function in response to NLRP3 inflammasome activation. Oxygen consumption rates (OCRs) were dramatically lower in nigericin-stimulated cells (Fig. S3 B) than in control-treated cells. In line with a previous study (Shimada et al., 2012), nigericin-treated cells did not respond to oligomycin, FCCP, and rotenone/antimycin, whereas control-treated cells responded as expected. Importantly, PKD inhibition did not prevent nigericin-induced mitochondrial damage (Fig. S3 B), indicating that improved mitochondrial function did not account for NLRP3 inflammasome inactivity upon PKD inhibition. This was confirmed in NLRP3-null cells (Fig. S3, A and B), indicating that mitochondrial injury occurs upstream of PKD-mediated NLRP3 inflammasome activation. Moreover, PKD inhibition did not affect mitochondrial clustering close to the Golgi in response to nigericin stimulation (Fig. S3 C). Interestingly, 2-APB prevented mitochondrial clustering close to Golgi (Fig. S3 C), suggesting that InsP3-mediated signaling is required for mitochondrial clustering.
We next asked whether PKD activity was important for recruitment of ASC to NLRP3. Strikingly, almost no ASC specks were found in stimulated BMDMs and THP-1 cells upon PKD inhibition, whereas they were present in ∼17% and ∼31% of respective control cells (Fig. 6, A–D). Immunoblotting with cross-linked pelleted protein extracts corroborated reduced oligomerization of ASC upon PKD inhibition (Fig. 6 E). Stimulation of BMDMs from PKD1-PKD3fl/fl mice with ATP and nigericin resulted in ASC speck formation in ∼23% and ∼55% of cells, respectively. ASC speck formation was reduced in cells derived from PKD1-PKD3Δmy mice to ∼8% and ∼25%, respectively (Fig. 6 F). Overall, these data indicate that PKD activity downstream of mitochondrial clustering and injury is required for the recruitment of ASC to NLRP3.
PKD inactivation results in retention of NLRP3 at MAMs adjacent to Golgi
NLRP3 was shown to directly bind to MAMs (Zhou et al., 2011; Yang et al., 2015). We thus further tested whether PKD deficiency affected subcellular localization of NLRP3. NLRP3 was found in small foci that predominantly colocalized with ASC specks in ∼35% of nigericin-stimulated THP-1 cells. In contrast, NLRP3 staining was more diffuse forming larger disc-like structures in ∼70% of THP-1 cells upon PKD inhibition (Fig. 7, A and B). NLRP3-KO cells did not show any visible signal of NLRP3 immunostaining (Fig. 7 A). Conventional confocal microscopy revealed partial colocalization of NLRP3 with the Golgi marker giantin in PKD-inhibited cells (Fig. 7 C). 3D-SIM superresolution microscopy revealed that there was very little colocalization with giantin, indicating that NLRP3 was very close to but did not directly bind to Golgi membranes (Fig. 7 D). We thus asked whether NLRP3 was retained at MAMs close to Golgi membranes. Indeed, biochemical fractionation demonstrated increased enrichment of NLRP3 at MAMs upon PKD inhibition (Fig. 7 E). Consistent with findings in THP-1 cells, in stimulated PKD-inhibited BMDMs, NLRP3 was found in bright foci that were slightly bigger as compared with those in control-treated cells. Most NLRP3 localized to the Golgi region upon PKD inhibition, whereas it predominantly localized to the cytoplasm in control-treated cells (Fig. S2, C and D). Consistent results were observed in stimulated BMDMs isolated from control and PKD1-PKD3Δmy mice (Fig. S2, E and F). Altogether, these data suggest that PKD activity is required to release NLRP3 from MAMs, allowing for ASC recruitment and inflammasome activation.
PKD phosphorylates NLRP3 at Ser293 to release it from MAMs
We next tested whether PKD at the Golgi interacts and phosphorylates NLRP3 to release it from MAMs. Ectopically expressed PKD1 coimmunoprecipitated with ectopically expressed NLRP3 and vice versa (Fig. 8 A). Immunoblotting using a PKD substrate phospho-motif antibody revealed phosphorylation of ectopically expressed mouse NLRP3 in cells coexpressing constitutively active PKD1 (PKD1ca; Fig. 8 B). Expression of NLRP3 lacking the pyrin domain, the nucleotide-binding domain (NBD) or the leucine-rich repeat domain, respectively, revealed that phosphorylation occurred in the NBD (Figs. 8 B and S4 A). Expression of truncated and mutated NLRP3 identified phosphorylation of NLRP3 in the NBD at serine 293 (Ser293; Figs. 8 C and S4 A). Phosphorylation at Ser293 of ectopically expressed NLRP3 was confirmed by mass spectrometry (Fig. S4, B and C). This site is highly conserved among different species corresponding to Ser295 in human NLRP3 (Fig. S4 D). We next generated a phospho-Ser293–specific rabbit polyclonal antibody. Using this antibody, phosphorylation of ectopically expressed NLRP3 was detected in cells expressing WT PKD1. Expression of PKD1ca markedly enhanced phosphorylation of WT, but not S293A mutant, NLRP3 (Fig. 8 D). Other kinases (Gross et al., 2009; Chuang et al., 2011; Lu et al., 2012; Martin et al., 2014; Ito et al., 2015) that have been implicated in NLRP3 inflammasome regulation did not induce phosphorylation of NLRP3 at Ser293 (Fig. S4 E). We next aimed at corroborating phosphorylation of endogenous NLRP3. Activation of NLRP3 inflammasome by ATP and nigericin induced phosphorylation of NLRP3 at Ser293 (Fig. 8 E). Moreover, NLRP3 foci in nigericin-stimulated THP-1 cells and ATP-stimulated BMDMs colocalized with signals specific for phospho-NLRP3 (Ser293), whereas there were no phospho-NLRP3 foci detectable in PKD-inhibited cells (Figs. 8 F and S5 A). Loss of phosphorylation of endogenous NLRP3 was confirmed in Raw-ASC macrophages lacking PKD1, PKD2, and PKD3 (Fig. S5 B). Hence, these data indicate that PKD phosphorylates NLRP3 at Ser293. We next asked whether PKD-mediated phosphorylation controls the activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome. To this end, we reconstituted NLRP3-deficient THP-1 cells with WT-, nonphospho (S293A)–, and phospho-mimicking (S293E) NLRP3. Reconstitution with WT NLRP3 partially restored NLRP3 inflammasome activity, as indicated by cleavage and secretion of caspase-1 and IL-1β. In comparison, the capacity of S293A NLRP3 to restore inflammasome activity was markedly lower (Fig. 8, G and H). Reconstituted WT NLRP3 formed foci in ∼13% of cells, whereas S293A NLRP3 formed foci only in ∼5% of cells. Importantly, S293A NLRP3 was retained in the Golgi region in ∼17% cells (Fig. 8, I and J), in line with retention of endogenous WT NLRP3 at MAMs close to the Golgi in cells subjected to PKD inhibition. Together with our finding that phosphorylated NLRP3 can be found in the mature inflammasome, our data strongly suggest that PKD-mediated phosphorylation of NLRP3 releases NLRP3 from MAMs, allowing for inflammasome maturation.
It has been demonstrated that binding of NLRP3 to MAMs is crucial for its activation (Zhou et al., 2011; Subramanian et al., 2013). Constitutive phosphorylation of NLRP3 is thus expected to prevent its binding to MAMs and thus inflammasome activation. Indeed, expression of S293E NLRP3 did not restore inflammasome activity in NLRP3-deficient THP-1 cells (Fig. 8, G and H). Moreover, S293E NLRP3 did not form any foci localizing diffusely throughout the cytoplasm, which is in line with its inability to bind to MAMs (Fig. 8, I and J).
Our data are thus consistent with a model in which local and timely phosphorylation of membrane-bound NLRP3 by PKD results in its release and cytoplasmic assembly of the fully active inflammasome.
PKD activity at Golgi is sufficient to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome
As shown in Fig. 1, DAG production was enhanced at the Golgi to recruit PKD to this organelle upon NLRP3 inflammasome activation. Hence, PKD activity at the Golgi is expected to be sufficient to phosphorylate NLRP3 and to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome. Indeed, expression of WT, but not kinase-dead, PKD1 induced NLRP3 inflammasome-dependent activation of caspase-1 and secretion of IL-1β without stimulation (Fig. 9 A). Consistently, expression of PKD1 dramatically enhanced the activation of caspase-1 and secretion of IL-1β upon nigericin treatment. Importantly, this effect was abolished by CRT 0066101 treatment, corroborating the importance of PKD activity for NLRP3 inflammasome activation in inhibitor experiments (Fig. 9 B). Strikingly, expression of GRIP tagged-PKD1, localization of which was restricted to the Golgi, but not of PKD lacking the DAG-binding domain, was sufficient to phosphorylate NLRP3 and to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome (Fig. 9, C and D). These data thus suggest that PKD activity at the Golgi is sufficient to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome.
PKD inhibition blocks the activity of the NLRP3 inflammasome in cells from patients with autoactivatory mutations in NLRP3
Patients with cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS) suffer from autoinflammatory events caused by mutations in NLRP3 resulting in its auto-oligomerization and uncontrolled NLRP3 inflammasome activation (Aksentijevich et al., 2007; Brydges et al., 2009; Nakamura et al., 2012). We next determined whether autoactivation of mutated NLRP3 inflammasome depends on PKD activity. PKD inhibition of LPS-stimulated PBMCs isolated from patients carrying the mutations T436N or R260W in the NLRP3 gene resulted in a strong reduction of caspase-1 cleavage and IL-1β secretion as compared with control-treated cells (Fig. 10, A and B). T436N NLRP3 was stuck in disc-like structures at the Golgi upon PKD inhibition (Fig. 10 C). These mutations result in spontaneous self-oligomerization of the NLRP3 protein (Baroja-Mazo et al., 2014). These data thus corroborate that PKD inhibition is sufficient to block inflammasome activity in cells of these patients. They also indicate that PKD acts downstream of NLRP3 self-oligomerization. Indeed, a native page as well as a gel filtration assay revealed that PKD inhibition did not affect self-oligomerization of NLRP3 (Fig. S5, C and D). Given the fact that NLRP3 was retained at MAMs upon PKD inhibition, it is expected that NLRP3 at MAMs is self-oligomerized before its phosphorylation. Accordingly, oligomerization of reconstituted S293E NLRP3 was abolished, whereas oligomerization of reconstituted S293A and WT NLRP3 were unaffected in stimulated THP-1 cells (Fig. S5 E).
Altogether, we propose a model in which MAMs localize close to the Golgi in response to NLRP3 inflammasome activation. This allows for PKD-induced phosphorylation of self-oligomerized NLRP3, its release from MAMs, and assembly of the cytosolic mature inflammasome (Fig. 10 D).
In this study, we unveiled the spatial and temporal organization of NRLP3 inflammasome activation. PKD-mediated signaling emanating from the Golgi close to MAMs leads to phosphorylation of NLRP3 releasing it from MAMs, a necessary step to allow for assembly of the mature NLRP3 inflammasome in the cytoplasm (Fig. 10 D).
We identified the Golgi as an important element controlling the activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome in macrophages. The importance of Golgi function is reflected by our observation that mitochondria cluster close to Golgi membranes upon inflammasome activation (Fig. 2), and that disruption of Golgi integrity blocks the activation of NLRP3 inflammasome (Fig. 3). In particular, disruption of Golgi by BFA blocked the activation of NLRP3 inflammasome and secretion of IL-1β. Rubartelli et al. (1990) showed that IL-1β was secreted via a BFA-insensitive pathway in LPS-activated monocytes. In this study, the release of IL-1β was tested in response to LPS stimulation only. Importantly, other studies have clearly demonstrated that ultrapure LPS could not trigger IL-1β release (Martinon et al., 2004, 2006). Thus, a plausible explanation is that the release of IL-1β triggered by LPS in this study was induced through activation of other inflammasomes by contaminants. Given the fact that PKD activity is not important in the activation of other inflammasomes, their readouts were most likely independent of Golgi-derived signaling. A more recent study by Menu et al. (2012) showed that ER stress was sufficient to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome in LPS-primed macrophages without inflammasome stimulators. Different compounds, including BFA, were used to promote ER stress through different mechanisms. ER stress induced by tunicamycin and thapsigargin, but not BFA, was sufficient to trigger NLRP3 inflammasome activity in LPS-primed BMDMs. This is in line with our study demonstrating that BFA, despite its effects on ER stress, blocks the activation of NLRP3 inflammasome by disrupting Golgi integrity.
The importance of Golgi function is further substantiated in our study at the molecular level. In fact, the second messenger, DAG, increased in Golgi membranes (Fig. 1), triggering local activity of the effector kinase PKD that is necessary to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome (Figs. 4 and 5). Importantly, forced targeting of PKD activity to the Golgi is sufficient to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome (Fig. 9). Finally, PKD inhibition resulted in retention of NLRP3 at MAMs close to Golgi membranes (Fig. 7), corroborating propagation of signals from the Golgi to MAMs.
Of note, PKD is a stress kinase that senses effectors of injured mitochondria (Storz et al., 2005). Hence, in addition to DAG enrichment in the Golgi, clustering of injured mitochondria close to the Golgi may boost PKD activation, leading to phosphorylation of NLRP3 and its release from MAMs. Conversely, local exposure of NLRP3 with mitochondrial effectors may also contribute to inflammasome activation. It is likely that other molecular events occur at the interface of Golgi and MAMs that contribute to NLRP3 inflammasome activation. In particular, the identified organelle interplay might also be crucial to couple activation of NLRP3 inflammasome to IL-1β secretion. In fact, signal propagation from the Golgi to the ER mediates formation of secretory autophagosomes that have been implicated in nonconventional secretion of IL-1β (Ponpuak et al., 2015). Thus, our discovery will open a whole new avenue of interesting future research.
The importance of binding of NLRP3 to MAMs, even though it has been evidenced in the literature (Zhou et al., 2011; Yang et al., 2015), has been challenged, because the mature NLRP3 inflammasome resides in the cytosol. In fact, our study integrates both observations into one coherent model highlighting the importance of the highly dynamic spatial arrangement of intracellular organelles and localization of NLRP3. Membrane binding of NLRP3 is dependent on the N-terminal sequence of its pyrin domain (Subramanian et al., 2013). The pyrin domain is essential for NLRP3 to bind ASC (Dowds et al., 2003; Agostini et al., 2004). Thus, exposure of the pyrin domain might be essential for further maturation of the NLRP3 inflammasome. Importantly, the study by Zhou et al. (2011) demonstrated that both NLRP3 and ASC were found in MAM fractions, potentially indicating that interaction already occurred in the MAM compartment. However, this study also showed that most ASC was cytoplasmic under both nonstimulating and stimulating conditions. We thus propose that NLRP3, without or with ASC, might be released from MAMs to recruit ASC or more ASC in the cytoplasm, forming the mature inflammasome. The detailed mechanisms of phosphorylation-mediated release of NLRP3 from MAMs will be an important subject of future research. Even though speculative, phosphorylation in the NBD may change conformation of NLRP3 in a way it prevents membrane binding. Alternatively, chaperone-mediated release of phosphorylated NLRP3 might be important.
Recently, two studies showed that PKA negatively regulates NLRP3 inflammasome activation by phosphorylation of NLRP3 at the very same serine residue (Guo et al., 2016; Mortimer et al., 2016). In fact, inhibitory effects of this phosphorylation event is fully in line with our observation that S293E NLRP3 was unable to restore inflammasome activity in NLRP3-deficient THP-1 cells. However, our data also provide strong evidence for PKD-mediated phosphorylation of NLRP3 to promote inflammasome activity. Taking all these findings together, this strongly suggests that the consequences of NLRP3 phosphorylation very likely depend on where and when this modification occurs. In fact, phosphorylation of NLRP3 monomers by PKA may prevent its binding to MAMs, inhibiting inflammasome assembly. Local phosphorylation of self-oligomerized NLRP3 by PKD, however, releases it from MAMs, allowing for assembly of the mature inflammasome. It is possible, however, that other phosphorylation events mediated by other kinases or other posttranslational modifications downstream of PKD-mediated phosphorylation control inflammasome activation. Importantly, a very recent study showed that both nonphospho- and phosphomimetic mutants of NRLP3 at serine 5 (Ser5) are inhibitory (Stutz et al., 2017), very similar to the observations we made with NLRP3 mutants at Ser293. Interestingly, it has been previously demonstrated that N-terminal amino acid residues from 2 to 9 are required for binding to membranes (Subramanian et al., 2013). We thus speculate that phosphorylation of Ser5, which may occur downstream of PKD-mediated phosphorylation, prevents membrane binding of NLRP3.
Other kinases, including Syk, JNK, PKR, DAPK, BTK, and IKKα, have been implicated in the activation of the NRLP3 inflammasome (Jo et al., 2016). We demonstrated that none of these kinases was capable to phosphorylate NLRP3 at Ser293 (Fig. S4 E). These data are in line with the fact that none of these kinases have been shown to phosphorylate NLRP3, nor did their inactivation result in specific phenotypes we describe in this study, in particular retention of NLRP3 in the Golgi–MAM compartment. Most recently, the kinase NEK7 has been discovered to mediate oligomerization of NLRP3, whereas its catalytic activity was shown to be redundant in this context (He et al., 2016; Shi et al., 2016). Our data are in line with these findings as PKD most likely phosphorylates NLRP3 downstream of its self-oligomerization and releases it from MAMs, allowing the assembly of mature inflammasome in cytosol (Fig. 10 D).
We also demonstrated that enrichment of DAG in Golgi membranes was PLC dependent (Fig. 1). Accordingly, PKD activity is dependent on PLC-mediated DAG production (Rozengurt et al., 2005). Our findings are fully in line with studies revealing that pharmacological inhibition of PLC blocked the activation of the NLPR3 inflammasome, whereas a PLC agonist was sufficient to activate the latter (Lee et al., 2012; Murakami et al., 2012). Activation of PLC by G protein–coupled receptor signaling at the plasma membrane was shown to be insufficient to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome (Katsnelson et al., 2015). However, the involvement of other PLC isoforms, which are activated through G protein–independent pathways (Rhee, 2001), has not been investigated. Alternatively, PLC directly at the Golgi could be critical for PKD-mediated NLRP3 inflammasome activation (Fig. 10 D). In fact, PLC-mediated generation of DAG from phosphoinositides in the Golgi complex has been reported. Both the substrates and PLC of this pathway are present in this organelle (Barker et al., 1998; Jin et al., 2001). Of note, gain-of-function mutations in phospholipase C γ2 lead to dominantly inherited autoinflammatory diseases (Yu et al., 2005; Everett et al., 2009; Abe et al., 2011; Ombrello et al., 2012; Koss et al., 2014). Patients carrying a gain of function in phospholipase C γ2 showed enhanced IL-1β production due to hyperactivation of the NLRP3 inflammasome, highlighting the importance of PLC-mediated signaling in the context of NLRP3 inflammasome activation (Zhou et al., 2012; Chae et al., 2015).
Several research teams have reported that Ca2+ mobilization plays an important role in NLRP3 inflammasome activation (Horng, 2014). Recently however, it has been suggested that intracellular Ca2+ signaling is neither necessary nor sufficient to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome (Katsnelson et al., 2015). Our model implements PLC-dependent local exchange of Ca2+ at MAMs that has not been monitored in the latter study. Furthermore, we found that another effect of PLC activation, DAG-mediated PKD signaling from the Golgi, was critical to release NLRP3 from MAMs allowing for full inflammasome maturation. This may explain why mobilization of Ca2+ by some stimuli is insufficient to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome.
Altogether, our work thus uncovered a fundamentally new organelle interplay to be at the basis of cellular innate immune responses. Finally, we propose that interference with this signaling mechanism might be a promising avenue to treat NLRP3-related inflammatory disorders, including CAPS.
Materials and methods
NLRP3−/− mice on C57BL/6J background were obtained from The Jackson Laboratory. Mice with targeted alleles for PKD1 (PKD1fl/fl) were described previously (Fielitz et al., 2008). PKD1 floxed (PKD1fl/fl) mice were provided by R. Bassel-Duby and E.N. Olson (University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX). Generation of PKD3 floxed mice have been previously described (Zhang et al., 2016). We crossed PKD1fl/fl mice and PKD3fl/fl mice on C57BL/6J background with Lys M-Cre mice to obtain myeloid-specific PKD1-PKD3 double-KO mice. C57BL/6J WT mice were ordered from Charles River Laboratories. Mice were housed under specific pathogen–free conditions. All animal experimentation was approved by the Direction des Services Vétérinaires du Bas-Rhin, France, except that bacteria infection experiments were approved by Comité Régional d’Ethique en Matière d’Expérimentation Animale de Strasbourg (CREMEAS). No exclusion of animals used for experiments was performed. Healthy mouse littermates were chosen randomly according to their genotypes.
Nigericin sodium salt (catalog no. N7143), BFA (B7651), ATP (A2383), and LPS from E. coli 055:B5 (L2880) were purchased from Sigma-Aldrich. CRT 0066101 (4975), kb ND 142–70 (3962), 2-APB (1124), BAPTA-AM (2787), U73122 (1268), CID 755673 (3327), Gö 6976 (2253), and Gö 6983 (2285) were purchased from Tocris Bioscience. Nano-SiO2 (tlrl-sio) and flagellin from Salmonella typhimurium (tlrl-stfla) were obtained from InvivoGen. Alum (77161) was purchased from Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Mouse NLRP3 was amplified from cDNA by PCR. NLRP3 wt and NLRP3 mutants were cloned into pBOB, pLV, or pEGFP-N1 empty vectors using ligation-independent cloning (LIC). Rat PKCδ C2 (DAG-binding domain), which was amplified from GFP-C1(2) delta (plasmid #21216; Addgene), human PKD1 wt, and PKD1 ΔCRD were cloned to pBOB empty vector expressing C-terminal–fused EGFP tag. Golgi-localized PKD1 WT, constitutively active, and kinase-dead were cloned by a C-terminal fusion of GRIP domain of p230 as described previously (Kjer-Nielsen et al., 1999). The pX330-P2A-EGFP plasmid was generated by inserting P2A-EGFP sequence into EcoRI-digested pX330-U6-Chimeric_BB-CBh-hSpCas9 (plasmid #42230, Addgene) before stop codon using LIC. Guide RNA (gRNA) sequences were inserted into BbsI-digested pX330-P2A-EGFP plasmid through ligation by T4 DNA ligase.
All mammalian cells were cultured at 37°C, 5% CO2. Cell lines used in this study are not listed in these databases of commonly misidentified cell lines maintained by ICLAC. THP-1 cells (ATCC) were grown in RPMI 1640 containing 10% fetal bovine serum, 10 mM Hepes, 2.5 g/l glucose, 1 mM sodium pyruvate and gentamycin. HEK293t cells (DKFZ Heidelberg) were grown in DMEM containing 1 g/ml glucose, 10% fetal bovine serum, penicillin and streptomycin. THP-1 cells and HEK293t cells have been authenticated using short tandem repeat performed by LGC Standards. BMDMs were obtained by differentiating bone marrow progenitors from the tibia and femur in RPMI 1640 containing 30% L929-conditional medium or 50 ng/ml recombinant hM-CSF (11343113; Immunotools), 20% heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum, penicillin and streptomycin for 7 d. Peritoneal macrophages were isolated from mice by peritoneal lavage on day 4 after the injection of 3.7% thioglycollate medium (1 ml/mouse). Both BMDMs and peritoneal macrophages were seeded 1 d before experiments using RPMI 1640 containing 10% heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum, penicillin and streptomycin. Human bloods from healthy control and CAPS patients (approved by the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale ethics committee) were collected after the patients gave their signed informed consent. PBMCs were isolated using Ficoll-Paque PLUS (GE Healthcare) and cultured in RPMI 1640 containing 10% heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum and penicillin and streptomycin. Cell cultures were negative for mycoplasma contamination.
To activate the NLRP3 inflammasome, BMDMs, peritoneal macrophages, or PBMCs were primed with 1 µg/ml LPS for 4 h, followed by the treatment of 2.5 mM or 5 mM ATP for 20 to 40 min, 7.5 µM or 15 µM nigericin for 20 to 40 min, 250 µg/ml or 500 µg/ml alum for 6 h, or 30 to 120 µg/ml nano-SiO2 for 6 h, whereas THP-1 cells were differentiated by 100 nM PMA treatment for 3 h, followed by overnight incubation with fresh medium before the treatment of NLRP3 inflammasome activators. For the infection of BMDMs by E. coli DH5α and S. aureus (strain Xen 8.1; Xenogen), overnight cultures of bacteria were seeded in LB medium by 1/100 dilution and grew until OD600 reached 0.6 at 37°C; bacteria were collected by centrifugation and washed three times with sterile 1×PBS. LPS-primed BMDMs were infected at multiplicity of infection of 20 or 50 for 3 h. For activation of AIM2- or NLRC4 inflammasome, LPS-primed BMDMs were transfected with 1 µg/ml poly(dA:dT) or 0.5 µg/ml flagellin, respectively, for 4 h using Lipofectamine 2000 (Life Technology) according to the manufacturer’s protocol, whereas for activation of PYRIN inflammasome, LPS-primed BMDMs were treated with 0.1 nM recombinant cytotoxin TcdB for 2 h. For inhibitors treatment, the cells were pretreated with inhibitors for 1 h before the treatment of cognate stimuli in present of inhibitors.
For the packaging of lentivirus, 12 µg Lenti-mix (3 µg pVSVG, 3 µg pMDL, and 3 µg pREV) plus 12 µg of gene of interest expressing plasmid were transfected into HEK293t cells (10-cm plate) using Lipofectamine 2000. After 48 h, the supernatants were collected and filtered using 0.45-µm Millex-HV syringe filters and kept at −80°C. BMDMs and THP-1 cells were infected in fresh medium containing 1 µg/ml polybrene (sc-134220; Santa Cruz) and 25% lentivirus-contained supernatant.
For the knockdown of PKD2, 1.0 × 106 BMDMs were seed in each well of a six-well plate on the day before transfection. Cells were transfected with 100 pmol ON-TARGET plus Non-targeting Pool (D-001810-10-05; Dharmacon) or ON-TARGET plus Mouse PKD2 (101540) siRNA-SMART pool (L-040693-00-0005; Dharmacon) using DharmaFECT 4 Transfection Reagent (T-2004-01; Dharmacon). 36 h after transfection, cells were collected for RNA isolation or treated with LPS plus ATP or nigericin for 40 min to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome.
Gene disruption using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system
For generation of NLRP3 KO THP-1 cell lines, guide RNA (gRNA) sequence (5′-GTACCTGGCCAGCTTGCAGC3′) was cloned into pX330-P2A-EGFP through ligation using T4 ligase. THP-1 cells were transfected using Cell Line Nucleofector kit V (VCA-1003; Lonza). 24 h after transfection, GFP-positive cells were enriched by FACS (BD FACS Aria II) and seeded into 96-well plates. Obtained NLRP3-KO single-cell clones were validated by immunoblotting and sequencing of PCR-amplified targeted fragment. The following primers were used for PCR amplification: 5′-AAAGACTCATCCGTGTGCCGTGTTC-3′ and 5′-TCCCCATTGAAGTCGATCATTAGCG-3′. Raw264.7-ASC (Raw-ASC) WT, NLRP3-KO, Caspase-1–KO, and GSDMD-KO cell lines were generated as described previously (He et al., 2015). For the generation of PKD1/2/3 triple KO Raw-ASC cell line, three gRNAs respectively targeting PKD1 (gRNA sequence: 5′-CTCATGGATGACATGGACG-3′), PKD2 (gRNA sequence: 5′-TACATCCCCCTGATGCGCG-3′) and PKD3 (gRNA sequence: 5′-GACCCGACTGATCTCGACG-3′) were used. Obtained PKD1/PKD2/PKD3 triple-KO single-cell clones were validated by sequencing of PCR-amplified targeted fragments. The following primers were used for PCR amplification: 5′-AGAGAATTCGGATCCCTGGTTCTAAGAGTCCGGGCT-3′ and 5′-CTTCCATGGCTCGAGCTCTGGGGCAACCAAGCTCC-3′ for PKD1; 5′-AGAGAATTCGGATCCGTGCGTGTGCTCCATATTCACA-3′ and 5′-CTTCCATGGCTCGAGCTTATGGGTCCATGCCAACTCA-3′ for PKD2; 5′-AGAGAATTCGGATCCGACTGGTCTGCTTAGGTGCATT-3′ and 5′-CTTCCATGGCTCGAGCCTGAATGGAGCTCCTGACCTG-3′ for PKD3.
Measurement of mitochondrial oxygen consumption
OCRs were measured using an XF96 Extracellular Flux Analyzer (Seahorse Bioscience). Measurements were performed using assay medium (Seahorse XF base medium supplemented with 1 mM sodium pyruvate, 2 mM l-glutamine, and 10 mM glucose) according to the Seahorse XF Cell Mito Stress Test kit (part 103015–100; Seahorse Bioscience) user guide. 1.0 × 105 THP-1 WT or NLRP3-defiecnt cells were seed in each well in presence of 100 nM PMA. 3 h later, medium was replaced by fresh medium. The next day, cells were washed once with assay medium and equilibrated with assay medium containing DMSO or 10 µM CRT 0066101 at 37°C for 1 h in an incubator without CO2. 15 µM nigericin, 2.0 µM oligomycin, 1.0 µM FCCP, and 0.5 µM rotenone/antimycin were sequentially injected at 9 min, 42 min, 60 min, and 78 min. Mixing, waiting, and measurement times were 3, 0, and 3 min, respectively.
Immunoprecipitation and immunoblotting
After treatments, cell supernatants and cell lysates were collected for immunoblotting analysis. Cell lysates were collected in 1× SDS sample buffer or in 1× RIPA buffer (50 mM Tris-HCl, pH 7.5, 150 mM NaCl, 1% Triton X-100, 1 mM EDTA, 1 mM EGTA, 2 mM sodium pyrophosphate, 1 mM NaVO4, and 1 mM NaF) supplemented with protease inhibitor cocktail. The immunoblot were prepared using Tris-glycine SDS-PAGE. For the supernatants, the proteins were extracted using methanol-chloroform precipitation, separated by Tricine SDS-PAGE, and analyzed by immunoblotting. For immunoprecipitation, FLAG-tagged NLRP3 was immunoprecipitated using anti-FLAG M2 Affinity Gel (A2220; Sigma-Aldrich), whereas HA-tagged PKD1 was done using EZview Red Anti-HA Affinity Gel (E6779; Sigma-Aldrich). After washing, bound proteins were eluted by 2× SDS sample buffer and analyzed by immunoblots for NLRP3 or PKD1 with anti-FLAG or anti-HA antibodies. For analysis of the ASC pyroptosome, pellets from whole-cell lysates were cross-linked with disuccinimidyl suberate and analyzed by immunoblotting. The immunoblots were probed overnight at 4°C or 1 h at room temperature with anti–human IL-1β antibody (AF-201-NA; R&D Systems), anti–human caspase-1 antibody (06-503; Merck Millipore), anti–mouse IL-1β antibody (5129-100; BioVision), anti–mouse caspase-1 p10 antibody (sc-514; Santa Cruz Biotechnology), anti–mouse caspase-1 p20 (AG-20B-0042-C100; AdipoGen), anti-ASC antibody (sc-22514; Santa Cruz Biotechnology), anti-NLRP3 antibody (G-20B-0014-C100; AdipoGen); anti-GAPDH (G9545; Sigma-Aldrich), anti-tubulin (T9026; Sigma-Aldrich), anti–phospho-PKD/PKCμ (Ser916) antibody (2051; Cell Signaling Technology), anti–phospho-(Ser/Thr) PKD substrate antibody (4381; Cell Signaling Technology), rabbit anti–phospho-NLRP3 (Ser295) antibody (homemade: serine-phosphorylated “RKPSRILFLC” peptide was used for immunization of rabbits; after the purification using serine-phosphorylated peptide, phosphorylation-specific antibody was obtained through depletion using nonphosphorylated peptide), anti-PKD3 antibody (5655; Cell Signaling Technology), anti-PKD antibody (C-20; sc-639; Santa Cruz Biotechnology), anti-GSDMD (20770–1-AP; Proteintech), anti-GM130 antibody (11308-AP; Proteintech), anti-calnexin antibody (10427-2-AP; Proteintech), anti-Tom20 antibody (sc-11415; Santa Cruz Biotechnology), anti-FLAG antibody (F1804; Sigma-Aldrich); and anti-HA antibody (sc-805; Santa Cruz Biotechnology).
After treatments, cells plated on coverslips (9–15 mm) were fixed in 4% paraformaldehyde for 15 min at room temperature. Cells were permeabilized for 10 min using 0.25% Triton X-100 in PBS. After blocking with 10% normal goat serum for 1 h, cells were incubated with anti-ASC antibody (1:100 dilution; sc-22514; Santa Cruz Biotechnology), anti-NLRP3 antibody (1:100 dilution; G-20B-0014-C100; AdipoGen; previously approved for immunostaining; Man et al., 2014), anti–phospho-NLRP3 (Ser295) antibody (generated as described in the methodology section Immunoprecipitaion and immunoblotting above; 1:50), anti-giantin antibody (1:300 dilution; ALX-804-600-C100; Enzo Life Science), anti-giantin antibody (1:300 dilution; AB24586; Abcam), anti-GM130 antibody (1:300 dilution; 11308-AP; Proteintech), and anti-Tom20 antibody (1:500 dilution; sc-11415; Santa Cruz Biotechnology) for 1 h at room temperature. After incubation with secondary antibodies for 1 h at room temperature, cells were stained with DAPI and mounted. Images were acquired using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope TCS SP8 (Leica).
Isolation of MAMs was performed as described previously (Wieckowski et al., 2009). In brief, ∼3 × 108 cells were homogenized using a 15-ml Dounce tissue grinder in buffer containing 30 mM Tris-HCl, pH 7.4, 225 mM mannitol, 75 mM sucrose, and 0.1 mM EGTA. Homogenized cells were centrifuged at 600 g for 5 min to remove nuclei and intact cells. Crude mitochondria pellet was collected by centrifugation at 7,000 g for 10 min. Crude mitochondria pellet was suspended in ice-cold buffer containing 5 mM Hepes-KOH, pH 7.4, 250 mM mannitol, and 0.5 mM EGTA, and layered on top of 8 ml Percoll medium (20%). Pure mitochondria and MAM fractions were separated by centrifugation at 95,000 g for 30 min. Golgi was isolated using Golgi isolation kit (GL0010; Sigma-Aldrich) according to the manufacturer’s protocol.
Gel filtration assay
For each condition, cells were plated on ten 150-mm dishes, treated with 100 nM PMA for 3 h, and incubated overnight in fresh medium. The next day, cell were pretreated with DMSO or 10 µM CRT 0066101 for 1 h, followed by treatment with 15 µM nigericin in presence of DMSO or 10 µM CRT 0066101 for 30 min. After the treatments, cells were collected in PBS. Cells were washed twice with ice-cold PBS and sonicated for 2 min (2 s on and 2 s off) on ice in 1× PBS containing 2 mM DTT. Cell lysates were clarified by centrifugation, followed by filtration with 0.2 µm Minisart filter (Sartorius Stedim Biotech). The flow through was injected into Superose 6 Column (GE Healthcare) running at a flow rate of 0.5 ml/min. Fractions were collected by 500 µl for each and analyzed by immunoblotting.
Blue native PAGE
Blue native PAGE electrophoresis was performed using Novex NativePAGE Bis-Tris gel system (Thermo Fisher Scientific). In brief, 2.0 × 106 THP-1 cells after treatments were washed once with ice-cold 1× PBS and then lysed in ice-cold 1× native lysis buffer containing 1% digitonin and EDTA-free protease inhibitor cocktail (Roche Diagnostics) for 30 min on ice. Lysates were clarified by centrifugation at 20,000 g for 30 min at 4°C before quantification using Bradford protein assay (Bio-Rad). Mature inflammasomes were pelleted by centrifugation because of their insolubility. Equal amount of lysates were separated by 3–12% blue native PAGE. Proteins in native gels were transferred to PVDF membranes (Millipore), followed by conventional immunoblotting.
Shotgun mass spectrometry
FLAG-tagged NLRP3 (mouse) was coexpressed with GFP or GFP-tagged constitutively active PKD1 in HEK293t cells. 36 h after transfection, cells were lysed in RIPA buffer. FLAG-tagged NLRP3 was immunoprecipitated using anti-FLAG M2 Affinity Gel. Immunoprecipitated samples were separated by 8% SDS-PAGE gel (14 cm wide × 9 cm long) and stained with Coomassie blue. The bands covering NLRP3 were cut and proceeded for in-gel digestion (Shevchenko et al., 2006) using Asp-N enzyme (Roche Diagnostics). Samples after Asp-N digestion were subjected to LC-MS/MS analysis by Oribtrap XL. The raw files acquired were processed with MaxQuant software (version 126.96.36.199) according to the standard workflow. Database search was performed in MaxQuant with Andromeda search engine against the mouse Swiss-Prot database. The identified results together with the raw data were further visualized by Viewer in MaxQuant and analyzed by Sklyine software.
Tibia bones and spleens were isolated from PKD1-PKD3fl/fl and PKD1-PKD3Δmy mice. Bone marrow cells were flushed out and spleens were homogenized with 1× PBS containing 1% BSA. 2 × 105 cells were used and blocked with antibody against CD32/16 (553141; BD Biosciences) for 5 min at room temperature, followed by staining with antibodies against CD11b (101225; BioLegend), CD11c (561045; BD PharMingen), CD115 (135505; BioLegend), Ly6c (128015; BioLegend), CD117 (105813; BioLegend), CX3CR1 (149009; BioLegend) for 20 min on ice in the dark. After washing, cells were analyzed by FACS (LSRII; BD). Dead cells were excluded by DAPI staining. Monocytes and macrophages were identified as CD11b+CD11c−Ly6c+CD115+ using FlowJo. Bone marrow derived monocyte/DC progenitors were identified as CD11b−CD11c−CD115+CD117+Cx3CR1+. Counts of monocytes and macrophages were shown as percentage of counted intact cells.
RNA was extracted using TRIzol reagent (Sigma-Aldrich). Complementary DNA was synthesized with Oligo-dT primer using SuperScript II First-Strand cDNA Synthesis kit (Invitrogen) according to the manufacturer’s protocol. Quantitative PCR was performed using SYBR Green (Roche Diagnostics) on the LightCycler 480 (Roche Diagnostics). The samples were individually normalized to the housekeeping gene hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT). The following primers were used: Hprt forward: 5′-TCAGTCAACGGGGGACATAAA-3′, reverse: 5′-GGGGCTGTACTGCTTAACCAG-3′; TNF forward: 5′-CATCTTCTCAAAATTCGAGTGACAA-3′, reverse: 5′-TGGGAGTAGACAAGGTACAACCC-3′; IL-1β forward: 5′-GCCCATCCTCTGTGACTCAT-3′, reverse: 5′-AGGCCACAGGTATTTTGTCG-3′; IL-6 forward: 5′-GAGGATACCACTCCCAACAGACC-3′, reverse: 5′-AAGTGCATCATCGTTGTTCATACA-3′; IL-12p40 forward: 5′-CCTGAAGTGTGAAGCACCAA-3′, reverse: 5′-AGTCCCTTTGGTCCAGTGTG-3′; and PKD2 forward: 5′-TGTGTTTTCCTCCATAAACC-3′, reverse: 5′-CCACTGTCTACCAGATCTTC-3′.
LPS injection and peritoneal infection of
S. aureus in mice
LPS were injected into mice at a dose of 20 mg/kg. Blood was collected at 2 h after injection. For S. aureus infection, bacteria cultures in exponential growth phase were centrifuged and the pellet was resuspended in 1× PBS. Approximately 7 × 108 CFUs of luminescent S. aureus in 200 µl were inoculated to each anesthetized mouse by peritoneal injection. Hairs were removed by chemical depilation before inoculation. Body temperature were measured at 6 h after inoculation. Luminescence was monitored immediately after the inoculation and at 6 h after inoculation with a CCD camera using an IVIS50 system from Caliper (5 min exposure of the animals), and quantification was done with the Living Image3.2 program from Xenogen/Caliper. For inhibitor pretreatment, 10 mg/kg CRT 0066101 was injected at 1 h before LPS injection or S. aureus inoculation.
Measurement of cytokines using ELISA
Mouse IL-1β, TNF, and IL-6 in cell culture supernatants were measured using the MILLIPLE MAP mouse cytokines multiplex assay according to the manufacturer’s protocol. Human IL-1β was measured using the Quantikine ELISA Human IL-1/IL1F2 Immunoassay (DLB50; R&D Systems). Mouse serum IL-1β was measured using the Quantikine ELISA mouse IL-1/IL1F2 Immunoassay (MLB00C; R&D Systems).
Preliminary experiments were performed and sample size was determined based on generally accepted rules to test preliminary conclusions reaching statistical significance, where applicable. Gehan–Breslow–Wilcoxon tests were performed for survival curves; Mann–Whitney tests were performed for serum IL-1β levels, body temperatures, and bacterial loads. Statistical analyses for the other experiments were performed with the t test using Prism (GraphPad Software).
Online supplemental material
Fig. S1 includes additional data related to Fig. 4, showing that deficiency of PKD blocks the activation of NLRP3 inflammasome without affecting lineage development of mouse myeloid cells, LPS priming and secretion of other NF-κB-dependent cytokines. Fig. S2 includes additional data related to Figs. 6 and 7, showing that the requirement of PKD activity is specific for NLRP3 inflammasome, but not the other inflammasomes. Fig. S3 shows PKD acts downstream of mitochondrial clustering and dysfunction. Fig. S4 includes additional data related to Fig. 8, consolidating the phosphorylation of NLRP3 at Ser 293 by PKD. Fig. S5 shows that PKD acts downstream of self-oligomerization of NLRP3.
We thank Dr. Panagiotis Papatheodorou and Dr. Klaus Aktories (Albert-Ludwigs-Universtät Freiburg) for providing C. difficile cytotoxin TcdB. We thank patients and their families for their contributions. We thank Nicolas Brignon for technical help during in vivo mouse experiments. We thank Dr. Angelika Hausser (Universität Stuttgart) for providing plasmids expressing Golgi-localized PKD1 WT and mutants. We thank Dr. David Pointu for imaging support with the 3D-SIM superresolution microscope. We thank all the facilities at Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire for helping us with related experiments. We thank Izabela Sumara and all the current members of the Ricci laboratory for critical scientific input. We also thank Rhonda Bassel-Duby and Eric N. Olson at University of Texas Southwestern for PKD1- and Micheal Leitges and Ursula Braun at University of Oslo for PKD3 floxed mice.
This work was supported by a European Research Council (ERC) starting grant (ERC-2011-StG, 281271-STRESSMETABOL), a fellow grant from L'Institut d’Études Avancées de l'Université de Strasbourg (USIAS), and by the ANR-10-LABX-0030-INRT grant, a French State fund managed by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche under the frame program Investissements d’Avenir ANR-10-IDEX-0002-02. Z. Zhang was supported by the ERC grant, a USIAS fellow grant, and an EFSD/Chinese Diabetes Society/Lilly Research fellowship. G. Meszaros, M. Mihlan, H.d.F. Magliarelli, A. Goginashvili, O. Bielska, and A. Pasquier were supported by the ERC grant. M.P. Gámez and O. Bielska are IGBMC International PhD Programme fellows supported by LabEx INRT funds. T.F. Baumert acknowledges support from the European Union (ERC-AdG-2014-671231-HEPCIR, EU H2020-667273-HEPCAR, and LABEX ANR-10-LABX-0028_HEPSYS).
The authors declare no competing financial interests.
Author contributions: Z. Zhang designed and performed experiments and helped writing the manuscript. G. Meszaros, M. Mihlan, H.d.F. Magliarelli, M.P. Gámez, Y. Xu, A. Goginashvili, O. Bielska, and A. Pasquier helped to perform experiments. Y. Liu and R. Aebersold performed mass spectrometry experiments. B. Neven and P. Quartier provided human blood samples. L. Mailly, P. Georgel, and T.F. Baumert helped to perform the S. aureus infection experiments in mice. W.-t. He and J. Han helped designing experiments and generated PKD1/2/3 triple-KO Raw-ASC cells. R. Ricci supervised the project, designed experiments, and wrote the manuscript.
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G. Meszaros and W.-t. He contributed equally to this paper.