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A role for vimentin in Crohn disease
  Crohn disease (CD), one of the major chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, occurs anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract with discontinuous transmural inflammation. A number of studies have now demonstrated that genetic predisposition, environmental influences and a dysregulated immune response to the intestinal microflora are involved. Major CD susceptibility pathways uncovered through genome-wide association studies strongly implicate the innate immune response (NOD2), in addition to the more specific acquired T cell response (IL23R, ICOSLG) and autophagy (ATG16L1, IRGM). Examination of the disease-associated microbiome, although complex, has identified several potentially contributory microorganisms, most notably adherent-invasive E.coli strains (AIEC), which have been isolated by independent investigators in both adult and pediatric CD patients. Here we discuss our recent finding that the type-III intermediate filament (IF) protein VIM/vimentin is a novel NOD2 interacting protein that regulates NOD2 activities including inflammatory NFKB1 signaling, autophagy and bacterial handling.

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    28 August 2012

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    RC Internal medicine

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    616 Diseases


Henderson, P., Wilson, D. C., Satsangi, J., & Stevens, C. (2012). A role for vimentin in Crohn disease. Autophagy, 8(11), 1695-1696.



Crohn disease, NOD2, vimentin, AIEC, autophagy

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