Attenuation of cGAS/STING Activity During Mitosis

Brittany L. Uhlorn, Eduardo R. Gamez, Samuel K. Campos

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The innate immune system recognizes cytosolic DNA associated with microbial infections or cellular stress via the cGAS/STING pathway, leading to activation of phospho-IRF3 and downstream IFN-I and senescence responses. To prevent hyperactivation, cGAS/STING is presumed to be non-responsive to chromosomal self DNA during open mitosis, though specific regulatory mechanisms are lacking. Given a role for the Golgi in STING activation, we investigated the state of the cGAS/STING pathway in interphase cells with artificially vesiculated Golgi and in cells arrested in mitosis. We find that while cGAS activity is impaired through interaction with mitotic chromosomes, Golgi integrity has little effect on the enzyme’s production of cGAMP. In contrast, STING activation in response to either foreign DNA (cGAS-dependent) or exogenous cGAMP is impaired by a vesiculated Golgi. Overall our data suggest a secondary means for cells to limit potentially harmful cGAS/STING responses during open mitosis via natural Golgi vesiculation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Dec 20 2019


  • Golgi
  • innate immune system
  • mitosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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