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Front. Microbiol. | doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.02008

Characterization of Aspergillus fumigatus extracellular vesicles and their effects on macrophages and neutrophils functions

  • 1Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • 2Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazil
  • 3Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 4Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil

Extracellular vesicles (EVs) has been considered an alternative process for intercellular communication. EVs release by filamentous fungi and the role of vesicular secretion during fungus-host cells interaction remain unknown. Here, we identified the secretion of EVs from the pathogenic filamentous fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus. Analysis of the structure of EVs demonstrated that A. fumigatus produces round shaped bilayer structures ranging from 100-200 nm size, containing ergosterol and a myriad of proteins involved in REDOX, cell wall remodeling and metabolic functions of the fungus. We demonstrated that macrophages can phagocytose A. fumigatus EVs. Phagocytic cells, stimulated with EVs, increased fungal clearance after A. fumigatus conidia challenge. EVs were also able to induce the production of TNF-α and CCL2 by macrophages and a synergistic effect was observed in the production of these mediators when the cells were challenged with the conidia. In bone marrow-derived neutrophils treated with EVs, there was enhancement of the production of TNF-α and IL-1β in response to conidia. Together, our results demonstrate, for the first time, that A. fumigatus produces EVs containing a diverse set of proteins involved in fungal physiology and virulence. Moreover, EVs are biologically active and stimulate production of inflammatory mediators and fungal clearance.

Keywords: extracellular vesicles, Aspergillus fumigatus, host-pathogen interaction, filamentous fungus, macrophages & neutrophils

Received: 09 Jul 2019; Accepted: 16 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Souza, Baltazar, Carregal, Gouveia-Eufrasio, Oliveira, Dias, Miranda, Malavazi, Santos, Frezard, Souza, Teixeira and Soriani. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Frederico M. Soriani, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil,