Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) plays a major role in innate resistance in the lung against murine mycoplasma

Wees Love, Nicole Dobbs, Leslie Tabor, Jerry W. Simecka

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Mycoplasma lipoproteins are recognized by Toll-like receptors (TLR), but TLRs' role in responses to infection are unknown. Mycoplasma pulmonis is a naturally occurring respiratory pathogen in mice. In the current study, we used TLR-transfected HEK cells and TLR2-/- bone marrow-derived dendritic cells to demonstrate TLR2-mediated events are important in the initial host-mycoplasma interactions promoting cytokine responses. As we found alveolar macrophages expressed TLR1, TLR2 and TLR6 mRNAs, a role for TLR2 in innate immune clearance in lungs was examined. Three days post-infection, TLR2-/- mice had higher M. pulmonis numbers in lungs, but not in nasal passages. However, TLR2-/- mice had higher lung cytokine levels, indicating TLR2-independent mechanisms are also involved in host responses. Thus, TLR2 plays a critical role in the ability of innate immunity to determine M. pulmonis numbers in the lung, and it is likely that early after respiratory infection that TLR2 recognition of M. pulmonis triggers initial cytokine responses of host cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere10739
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2010


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