#Dendritic Cells Generated From Mops condylurus, a Likely #Filovirus Reservoir Host, Are Susceptible to and Activated by #Zaire #Ebolavirus Infection (Front Immunol., abstract)

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Front Immunol. 2019 Oct 11;10:2414. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.02414. eCollection 2019.

Dendritic Cells Generated From Mops condylurus, a Likely Filovirus Reservoir Host, Are Susceptible to and Activated by Zaire Ebolavirus Infection.

Edenborough KM1, Bokelmann M1, Lander A1, Couacy-Hymann E2, Lechner J3, Drechsel O3, Renard BY3, Radonić A3, Feldmann H4, Kurth A1, Prescott J1.

Author information: 1 Centre for Biological Threats and Special Pathogens, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany. 2 LANADA, Laboratoire National d’Appui au Développement Agricole, Bingerville, Côte d’Ivoire. 3 Methodology and Research Infrastructure, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany. 4 Laboratory of Virology, Division of Intramural Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Hamilton, ON, United States.



Ebola virus infection of human dendritic cells (DCs) induces atypical adaptive immune responses and thereby exacerbates Ebola virus disease (EVD). Human DCs, infected with Ebola virus aberrantly express low levels of the DC activation markers CD80, CD86, and MHC class II. The T cell responses ensuing are commonly anergic rather than protective against EVD. We hypothesize that DCs derived from potential reservoir hosts such as bats, which do not develop disease signs in response to Ebola virus infection, would exhibit features associated with activation. In this study, we have examined Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV) infection of DCs derived from the Angolan free-tailed bat species, Mops condylurus. This species was previously identified as permissive to EBOV infection in vivo, in the absence of disease signs. M. condylurus has also been recently implicated as the reservoir host for Bombali ebolavirus, a virus species that is closely related to EBOV. Due to the absence of pre-existing M. condylurus species-specific reagents, we characterized its de novo assembled transcriptome and defined its phylogenetic similarity to other mammals, which enabled the identification of cross-reactive reagents for M. condylurus bone marrow-derived DC (bat-BMDC) differentiation and immune cell phenotyping. Our results reveal that bat-BMDCs are susceptible to EBOV infection as determined by detection of EBOV specific viral RNA (vRNA). vRNA increased significantly 72 h after EBOV-infection and was detected in both cells and in culture supernatants. Bat-BMDC infection was further confirmed by the observation of GFP expression in DC cultures infected with a recombinant GFP-EBOV. Bat-BMDCs upregulated CD80 and chemokine ligand 3 (CCL3) transcripts in response to EBOV infection, which positively correlated with the expression levels of EBOV vRNA. In contrast to the aberrant responses to EBOV infection that are typical for human-DC, our findings from bat-BMDCs provide evidence for an immunological basis of asymptomatic EBOV infection outcomes.

Copyright © 2019 Edenborough, Bokelmann, Lander, Couacy-Hymann, Lechner, Drechsel, Renard, Radonić, Feldmann, Kurth and Prescott.

KEYWORDS: Ebola virus (EBOV); Mops condylurus; dendritic cells; filovirus; reservoir hosts; transcriptome

PMID: 31681302 PMCID: PMC6797855 DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.02414

Keywords: Filovirus; Ebola; ZEBOV; Bats.


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