Rift Valley fever virus infection induces activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome

Megan E. Ermler, Zachary Traylor, Krupen Patel, Stefan A. Schattgen, Sivapriya K. Vanaja, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Amy G. Hise

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Inflammasome activation is gaining recognition as an important mechanism for protection during viral infection. Here, we investigate whether Rift Valley fever virus, a negative-strand RNA virus, can induce inflammasome responses and IL-1β processing in immune cells. We have determined that RVFV induces NLRP3 inflammasome activation in murine dendritic cells, and that this process is dependent upon ASC and caspase-1. Furthermore, absence of the cellular RNA helicase adaptor protein MAVS/IPS-1 significantly reduces extracellular IL-1β during infection. Finally, direct imaging using confocal microscopy shows that the MAVS protein co-localizes with NLRP3 in the cytoplasm of RVFV infected cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-180
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 20 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • ASC
  • Caspase-1
  • Dendritic cells
  • IL-1β
  • Inflammasome
  • Murine
  • NLRP3
  • Rift Valley fever virus
  • Virus


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