The pattern recognition receptor Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) has been implicated in the response to several human viruses, including herpes simplex viruses (types 1 and 2) and cytomegalovirus. We demonstrated that varicella-zoster virus (VZV) activates inflammatory cytokine responses via TLR2. VZV specifically induced interleukin-6 (IL-6) in human monocytes via TLR2-dependent activation of NF-κB, and small interfering RNA designed to suppress TLR2 mRNA reduced the IL-6 response to VZV in human monocyte-derived macrophages. Unlike other herpesviruses, the cytokine response to VZV was species specific. VZV did not induce cytokines in murine embryonic fibroblasts or in a mouse cell line, although VZV did activate NF-κB in a human cell line expressing a murine TLR2 construct. Together, these results suggest that TLR2 may play a role in the inflammatory response to VZV infection.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of virology|
|Publication status||Published - 2005 Oct 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Insect Science