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Mol. Cells 2008; 26(5): 415-426

Published online November 30, 2008

© The Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology

Microbial Subversion of Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycans

Ye Chen, Martin Goette, Jian Liu and Pyong Woo Park

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The interactions between the host and microbial pathogen largely dictate the onset, progression, and outcome of infectious diseases. Pathogens subvert host components to promote their pathogenesis and, among these, cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycans are exploited by many pathogens for their initial attachment and subsequent cellular entry. The ability to interact with heparan sulfate proteoglycans is widespread among viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Certain pathogens also use heparan sulfate proteoglycans to evade host defense mechanisms. These findings suggest that heparan sulfate proteoglycans are critical in microbial pathogenesis, and that heparan sulfate proteoglycan-pathogen interactions are potential targets for novel prophylactic and therapeutic approaches.

Keywords host defense, microbial pathogenesis, proteoglycan, syndecan, virulence factor, adhesin, cellular entry, heparan sulfate

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Mol. Cells 2008; 26(5): 415-426

Published online November 30, 2008

Copyright © The Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Microbial Subversion of Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycans

Ye Chen, Martin Goette, Jian Liu and Pyong Woo Park

Abstract

The interactions between the host and microbial pathogen largely dictate the onset, progression, and outcome of infectious diseases. Pathogens subvert host components to promote their pathogenesis and, among these, cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycans are exploited by many pathogens for their initial attachment and subsequent cellular entry. The ability to interact with heparan sulfate proteoglycans is widespread among viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Certain pathogens also use heparan sulfate proteoglycans to evade host defense mechanisms. These findings suggest that heparan sulfate proteoglycans are critical in microbial pathogenesis, and that heparan sulfate proteoglycan-pathogen interactions are potential targets for novel prophylactic and therapeutic approaches.

Keywords: host defense, microbial pathogenesis, proteoglycan, syndecan, virulence factor, adhesin, cellular entry, heparan sulfate

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Nov 30, 2022 Vol.45 No.11, pp. 763~867
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