Reactome: A Curated Pathway Database

ELANE, CTSG or PRTN3 binds bacteria

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Homo sapiens
Elastase, Proteinase 3, or Cathepsin G binds bacteria
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Polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) are the most abundant circulating blood leukocytes that are rapidly recruited to sites of infection by host- and/or pathogen-derived components. PMNs provide the first-line defense against infection killing invading pathogens and resolving the inflammation they cause (Kobayashi SD et al. 2005). Activated neutrophils are known to release a variety of molecules, including the neutrophil serine proteases such as neutrophil elastase (ELINE), proteinase 3 (PRTN3) and cathepsin G (CTSG) (Garwicz D et al. 2005). Neutrophil serine proteases contribute to antimicrobial defense by

  • attacking membrane-associated (E. coli) or capsule proteins (S.pneumonia), which leads to loss of membrane integrity (Belaaouaj A et al. 2000; Standish AJ & Weiser JN 2009)
  • processing host immune proteins to generate antimicrobial peptides that can directly kill bacteria (Sorensen OE et al. 2001)
  • targeting and inactivating bacterial virulence factors to attenuate bacteria (Weinrauch Y et al. 2002; Lopez-Boado YS et al. 2004)

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