umu.sePublications
Change search
Link to record
Permanent link

Direct link
BETA
Niemiec, Maria Joanna
Alternative names
Publications (10 of 11) Show all publications
Thunström Salzer, A., Niemiec, M. J., Hosseinzadeh, A., Stylianou, M., Åstrom, F., Röhm, M., . . . Urban, C. F. (2018). Assessment of Neutrophil Chemotaxis Upon G-CSF Treatment of Healthy Stem Cell Donors and in Allogeneic Transplant Recipients. Frontiers in Immunology, 9, Article ID 1968.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Assessment of Neutrophil Chemotaxis Upon G-CSF Treatment of Healthy Stem Cell Donors and in Allogeneic Transplant Recipients
Show others...
2018 (English)In: Frontiers in Immunology, ISSN 1664-3224, E-ISSN 1664-3224, Vol. 9, article id 1968Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Neutrophils are crucial for the human innate immunity and constitute the majority of leukocytes in circulation. Thus, blood neutrophil counts serve as a measure for the immune system's functionality. Hematological patients often have low neutrophil counts due to disease or chemotherapy. To increase neutrophil counts and thereby preventing infections in high-risk patients, recombinant G-CSF is widely used as adjunct therapy to stimulate the maturation of neutrophils. In addition, G-CSF is utilized to recruit stem cells (SCs) into the peripheral blood of SC donors. Still, the actual functionality of neutrophils resulting from G-CSF treatment remains insufficiently understood. We tested the ex vivo functionality of neutrophils isolated from blood of G-CSF-treated healthy SC donors. We quantified chemotaxis, oxidative burst, and phagocytosis before and after treatment and detected significantly reduced chemotactic activity upon G-CSF treatment. Similarly, in vitro treatment of previously untreated neutrophils with G-CSF led to reduced chemotactic activity. In addition, we revealed that this effect persists in the allogeneic SC recipients up to 4 weeks after neutrophil engraftment. Our data indicates that neutrophil quantity, as a sole measure of immunocompetence in high-risk patients should be considered cautiously as neutrophil functionality might be affected by the primary treatment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frontiers Media S.A., 2018
Keywords
neutrophil, granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), allogeneic transplant, chemotaxis, hematopoietic stern cell donor
National Category
Immunology in the medical area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152255 (URN)10.3389/fimmu.2018.01968 (DOI)000444324800001 ()30254629 (PubMedID)
Funder
Västerbotten County Council
Available from: 2018-10-03 Created: 2018-10-03 Last updated: 2018-10-03Bibliographically approved
Crawford, A. C., Lehtovirta-Morley, L. E., Alamir, O., Niemiec, M. J., Alawfi, B., Alsarraf, M., . . . Wilson, D. (2018). Biphasic zinc compartmentalisation in a human fungal pathogen. PLoS Pathogens, 14(5), Article ID e1007013.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Biphasic zinc compartmentalisation in a human fungal pathogen
Show others...
2018 (English)In: PLoS Pathogens, ISSN 1553-7366, E-ISSN 1553-7374, Vol. 14, no 5, article id e1007013Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Nutritional immunity describes the host-driven manipulation of essential micronutrients, including iron, zinc and manganese. To withstand nutritional immunity and proliferate within their hosts, pathogenic microbes must express efficient micronutrient uptake and homeostatic systems. Here we have elucidated the pathway of cellular zinc assimilation in the major human fungal pathogen Candida albicans. Bioinformatics analysis identified nine putative zinc transporters: four cytoplasmic-import Zip proteins (Zrt1, Zrt2, Zrt3 and orf19.5428) and five cytoplasmic-export ZnT proteins (orf19.1536/Zrc1, orf19.3874, orf19.3769, orf19.3132 and orf19.52). Only Zrt1 and Zrt2 are predicted to localise to the plasma membrane and here we demonstrate that Zrt2 is essential for C. albicans zinc uptake and growth at acidic pH. In contrast, ZRT1 expression was found to be highly pH dependent and could support growth of the ZRT2-null strain at pH 7 and above. This regulatory paradigm is analogous to the distantly related pathogenic mould, Aspergillus fumigatus, suggesting that pH-adaptation of zinc transport may be conserved in fungi and we propose that environmental pH has shaped the evolution of zinc import systems in fungi. Deletion of C. albicans ZRT2 reduced kidney fungal burden in wild type, but not in mice lacking the zinc-chelating antimicrobial protein calprotectin. Inhibition of zrt2 Delta growth by neutrophil extracellular traps was calprotectin-dependent. This suggests that, within the kidney, C. albicans growth is determined by pathogen-Zrt2 and host-calprotectin. As well as serving as an essential micronutrient, zinc can also be highly toxic and we show that C. albicans deals with this potential threat by rapidly compartmentalising zinc within vesicular stores called zincosomes. In order to understand mechanistically how this process occurs, we created deletion mutants of all five ZnT-type transporters in C. albicans. Here we show that, unlike in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, C. albicans Zrc1 mediates zinc tolerance via zincosomal zinc compartmentalisation. This novel transporter was also essential for virulence and liver colonisation in vivo. In summary, we show that zinc homeostasis in a major human fungal pathogen is a multi-stage process initiated by Zrtl/Zrt2-cellular import, followed by Zrcl-dependent intracellular compartmentalisation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE, 2018
National Category
Microbiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-150701 (URN)10.1371/journal.ppat.1007013 (DOI)000434026400017 ()29727465 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2018-09-05 Created: 2018-09-05 Last updated: 2019-02-07Bibliographically approved
Niemiec, M. J., Grumaz, C., Ermert, D., Desel, C., Shankar, M., Lopes, J. P., . . . Urban, C. F. (2017). Dual transcriptome of the immediate neutrophil and Candida albicans interplay. BMC Genomics, 18, Article ID 696.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dual transcriptome of the immediate neutrophil and Candida albicans interplay
Show others...
2017 (English)In: BMC Genomics, ISSN 1471-2164, E-ISSN 1471-2164, Vol. 18, article id 696Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Neutrophils are traditionally considered transcriptionally inactive. Compared to other immune cells, little is known about their transcriptional profile during interaction with pathogens. Methods: We analyzed the meta-transcriptome of the neutrophil-Candida albicans interplay and the transcriptome of C. albicans challenged with neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) by RNA-Seq, considering yeast and hypha individually in each approach. Results: The neutrophil response to C. albicans yeast and hyphae was dominated by a morphotype-independent core response. However, 11 % of all differentially expressed genes were regulated in a specific manner when neutrophils encountered the hyphal form of C. albicans. While involving genes for transcriptional regulators, receptors, and cytokines, the neutrophil core response lacked typical antimicrobial effectors genes. Genes of the NOD-like receptor pathway, including NLRP3, were enriched. Neutrophil-and NET-provoked responses in C. albicans differed. At the same time, the Candida transcriptome upon neutrophil encounter and upon NET challenge included genes from various metabolic processes and indicate a mutual role of the regulators Tup1p, Efg1p, Hap43p, and Cap1p. Upon challenge with neutrophils and NETs, the overall Candida response was partially morphotype-specific. Yet again, actual oppositional regulation in yeasts and hyphae was only detected for the arginine metabolism in neutrophil-infecting C. albicans. Conclusions: Taken together, our study provides a comprehensive and quantitative transcript profile of the neutrophil-C. albicans interaction. By considering the two major appearances of both, neutrophils and C. albicans, our study reveals yet undescribed insights into this medically relevant encounter. Hence, our findings will facilitate future research and potentially inspire novel therapy developments.

Keywords
Candida, Neutrophils, Dual transcriptome, Extracellular traps, NOD-like receptor pathway, Nutritional immunity, Morphotype
National Category
Microbiology in the medical area
Research subject
Clinical Bacteriology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102836 (URN)10.1186/s12864-017-4097-4 (DOI)000409208200002 ()
Note

Originally published in manuscript form with title [RNA-Seq transcription profile of the neutrophil: Candida albicans in vitro interaction]

Errata BMC Genomics (2017) 18:696 DOI: 10.1186/s12864-017-4097-4

Available from: 2015-05-07 Created: 2015-05-07 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
De Samber, B., Niemiec, M. J., Laforce, B., Garrevoet, J., Vergucht, E., De Rycke, R., . . . Vincze, L. (2016). Probing Intracellular Element Concentration Changes during Neutrophil Extracellular Trap Formation Using Synchrotron Radiation Based X-Ray Fluorescence. PLoS ONE, 11(11), Article ID e0165604.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Probing Intracellular Element Concentration Changes during Neutrophil Extracellular Trap Formation Using Synchrotron Radiation Based X-Ray Fluorescence
Show others...
2016 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 11, no 11, article id e0165604Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

High pressure frozen (HPF), cryo-substituted microtome sections of 2 mu m thickness containing human neutrophils (white blood cells) were analyzed using synchrotron radiation based X-ray fluorescence (SR nano-XRF) at a spatial resolution of 50 nm. Besides neutrophils from a control culture, we also analyzed neutrophils stimulated for 1-2 h with phorbol myristate acetate (PMA), a substance inducing the formation of so-called Neutrophil Extracellular Traps (or NETs), a defense system again pathogens possibly involving proteins with metal chelating properties. In order to gain insight in metal transport during this process, precise local evaluation of elemental content was performed reaching limits of detection (LODs) of 1 ppb. Mean weight fractions within entire neutrophils, their nuclei and cytoplasms were determined for the three main elements P, S and Cl, but also for the 12 following trace elements: K, Ca, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Se, Br, Sr and Pb. Statistical analysis, including linear regression provided objective analysis and a measure for concentration changes. The nearly linear Ca and Cl concentration changes in neutrophils could be explained by already known phenomena such as the induction of Ca channels and the uptake of Cl under activation of NET forming neutrophils. Linear concentration changes were also found for P, S, K, Mn, Fe, Co and Se. The observed linear concentration increase for Mn could be related to scavenging of this metal from the pathogen by means of the neutrophil protein calprotectin, whereas the concentration increase of Se may be related to its antioxidant function protecting neutrophils from the reactive oxygen species they produce against pathogens. We emphasize synchrotron radiation based nanoscopic X-ray fluorescence as an enabling analytical technique to study changing (trace) element concentrations throughout cellular processes, provided accurate sample preparation and data-analysis.

National Category
Microbiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-129901 (URN)10.1371/journal.pone.0165604 (DOI)000386910000037 ()27812122 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2017-01-13 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Niemiec, M. J. (2015). Neutrophils versus Pathogenic Fungi: through the magnifying glass of nutritional immunity. (Doctoral dissertation). Umeå: Umeå Universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Neutrophils versus Pathogenic Fungi: through the magnifying glass of nutritional immunity
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Neutrophils are among the first white blood cells recruited to the site of infection once microbial pathogens enter the host organism. At site, they perform a well-orchestrated chain of processes that aims to kill the microbial invader. Most prominent, neutrophils engulf microbes to inactivate them intracellularly, a process called phagocytosis. Alternatively, neutrophils can release neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). NETs consist of chromatin decorated with antimicrobial effector proteins – a structure that can entangle bacteria and fungi. Neutrophils are crucial during fungal infections. This is reflected in the increased risk of fungal infections resulting of neutropenia. The concept of nutritional immunity describes every infection as a battle for resources. Those are mostly metal trace elements.

For a long time, neutrophils were seen as powerful, but “mindless”, killers with a limited set of actions and no transcriptional capacity, but this view is in the flux.

In the presented thesis, it was my goal to gain new insights into the interplay of neutrophils and fungi – with special attention to metal-nutritional aspects.

We compared human neutrophils lacking the ability to undergo NETosis, due to a non-functional NADPH complex, and neutrophils from the same person that were “cured” by gene therapy. We investigated those NETs and found that their inhibitory activity towards the mold A. nidulans depends on calprotectin, a known zinc-chelator.

Considering the high influx of neutrophils, we wanted to unravel the neutrophils’ contribution to the metal milieu at the site of infection and trace element changes resulting from NETosis. By combining synchrotron radiation XRF and ICP-MS, we analyzed the neutrophil metallome and the spatial element distribution in activated neutrophils and NETs. Most strikingly, we found neutrophils to be exceptionally high in Fe and the process of NETosis to be reducing available Zn in the surrounding and the early phagosome, possibly by the formation of Zn-rich vesicles.

Using RNA-sequencing, we analyzed the interplay of the C. albicans and neutrophils face-to-face. We dissected their transcriptional profile and revealed a manifold response in neutrophils that include cytokine induction and cellular rearrangement. We further were the firsts to explore the transcriptional response of C. albicans to NETs. Our data indicates a distinct response compared to intact neutrophils or other known stress triggers. Metal homeostasis was affected in Candida in both set-ups.

In summary, this thesis provides new insights into the interaction of fungal pathogens with neutrophils and emphasizes the impact of nutritional aspects on this interplay. A deeper understanding of the nutritional immunity during fungal infection might open up new strategies to tackle fungal infections – a growing threat worldwide.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2015. p. 63
Series
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1716
Keywords
neutrophils, Candida albicans, nutritional immunity, metallome, Zn, Fe
National Category
Microbiology in the medical area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102837 (URN)978-91-7601-261-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-06-05, E04, byggnad 6E, NUS, Norrlands universitetssjukhus, Umeå, 11:14 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2015-05-13 Created: 2015-05-07 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Niemiec, M. J., De Samber, B., Garrevoet, J., Vergucht, E., Vekemans, B., De Rycke, R., . . . Urban, C. F. (2015). Trace element landscape of resting and activated human neutrophils on the sub-micrometer level. Metallomics, 7(6), 996-1010
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Trace element landscape of resting and activated human neutrophils on the sub-micrometer level
Show others...
2015 (English)In: Metallomics, ISSN 1756-591X, Vol. 7, no 6, p. 996-1010Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Every infection is a battle for trace elements. Neutrophils migrate first to the infection site and accumulate quickly to high numbers. They fight pathogens by phagocytosis and intracellular toxication. Additionally, neutrophils form neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) to inhibit extracellular microbes. Yet, neutrophil trace element characteristics are largely unexplored. We investigated unstimulated and phorbol myristate acetate-stimulated neutrophils using synchrotron radiation X-ray fluorescence (SR-XRF) on the sub-micron spatial resolution level. PMA activates pinocytosis, cytoskeletal rearrangements and the release of NETs, all mechanisms deployed by neutrophils to combat infection. By analyzing Zn, Fe, Cu, Mn, P, S, and Ca, not only the nucleus but also vesicular granules were identifiable in the elemental maps. Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) revealed a neutrophil-specific composition of Zn, Fe, Cu, and Mn in comparison with J774 and HeLa cells, indicating a neutrophil-specific metallome complying with their designated functions. When investigating PMA-activated neutrophils, the SR-XRF analysis depicted typical subcellular morphological changes: the transformation of nucleus and granules and the emergence of void vacuoles. Mature NETs were evenly composed of Fe, P, S, and Ca with occasional hot spots containing Zn, Fe, and Ca. An ICP-MS-based quantification of NET supernatants revealed a NETosis-induced decrease of soluble Zn, whereas Fe, Cu, and Mn concentrations were only slightly affected. In summary, we present a combination of SR-XRF and ICP-MS as a powerful tool to analyze trace elements in human neutrophils. The approach will be applicable and valuable to numerous aspects of nutritional immunity.

National Category
Microbiology in the medical area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102830 (URN)10.1039/c4mt00346b (DOI)000356058300009 ()25832493 (PubMedID)
Note

This article is part of themed collection: Metals in infectious diseases and nutritional immunity.

Available from: 2015-05-07 Created: 2015-05-07 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Ermert, D., Niemiec, M. J., Röhm, M., Glenthøj, A., Borregaard, N. & Urban, C. F. (2013). Candida albicans escapes from mouse neutrophils. Journal of Leukocyte Biology, 94(2), 223-236
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Candida albicans escapes from mouse neutrophils
Show others...
2013 (English)In: Journal of Leukocyte Biology, ISSN 0741-5400, E-ISSN 1938-3673, Vol. 94, no 2, p. 223-236Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Candida albicans, the most commonly isolated human fungal pathogen, is able to grow as budding yeasts or filamentous forms, such as hyphae. The ability to switch morphology has been attributed a crucial role for the pathogenesis of C. albicans. To mimic disseminated candidiasis in humans, the mouse is the most widely used model organism. Neutrophils are essential immune cells to prevent opportunistic mycoses. To explore potential differences between the rodent infection model and the human host, we compared the interactions of C. albicans with neutrophil granulocytes from mice and humans. We revealed that murine neutrophils exhibited a significantly lower ability to kill C. albicans than their human counterparts. Strikingly, C. albicans yeast cells formed germ tubes upon internalization by murine neutrophils, eventually rupturing the neutrophil membrane and thereby, killing the phagocyte. On the contrary, growth and subsequent escape of C. albicans are blocked inside human neutrophils. According to our findings, this blockage in human neutrophils might be a result of higher levels of MPO activity and the presence of α-defensins. We therefore outline differences in antifungal immune defense between humans and mouse strains, which facilitates a more accurate interpretation of in vivo results.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bethesda: Federation of American societies for experimental biology, 2013
Keywords
killing, immune evasion, myeloperoxidase, defensins
National Category
Cell and Molecular Biology Hematology Immunology in the medical area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80700 (URN)10.1189/jlb.0213063 (DOI)000329744300004 ()23650619 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2013-09-24 Created: 2013-09-24 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Urban, C. F., Reichenbach, J., Bianchi, M. & Niemiec, M. J. (2012). Neutrophil extracellular traps in opportunistic mycoses. Mycoses (Berlin), 55(Supplement 4), 24-24
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Neutrophil extracellular traps in opportunistic mycoses
2012 (English)In: Mycoses (Berlin), ISSN 0933-7407, E-ISSN 1439-0507, Vol. 55, no Supplement 4, p. 24-24Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
National Category
Dermatology and Venereal Diseases
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-57167 (URN)000305069800079 ()
Available from: 2012-07-09 Created: 2012-07-09 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Bianchi, M., Niemiec, M. J., Siler, U., Urban, C. F. & Reichenbach, J. (2011). Redundant ability of phagocytes to kill Aspergillus species: Reply. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 128(3), 687-688
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Redundant ability of phagocytes to kill Aspergillus species: Reply
Show others...
2011 (English)In: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, ISSN 0091-6749, E-ISSN 1097-6825, Vol. 128, no 3, p. 687-688Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
St. Louis: C.V. Mosby, 2011
National Category
Immunology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47392 (URN)10.1016/j.jaci.2011.05.019 (DOI)
Available from: 2011-09-23 Created: 2011-09-20 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Bianchi, M., Niemiec, M. J., Siler, U., Urban, C. F. & Reichenbach, J. (2011). Restoration of anti-Aspergillus defense by neutrophil extracellular traps in human chronic granulomatous disease after gene therapy is calprotectin-dependent. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 127(5), 1243-1252 e.7
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Restoration of anti-Aspergillus defense by neutrophil extracellular traps in human chronic granulomatous disease after gene therapy is calprotectin-dependent
Show others...
2011 (English)In: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, ISSN 0091-6749, E-ISSN 1097-6825, Vol. 127, no 5, p. 1243-1252 e.7Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Aspergillus spp infection is a potentially lethal disease in patients with neutropenia or impaired neutrophil function. We showed previously that Aspergillus hyphae, too large for neutrophil phagocytosis, are inhibited by reactive oxygen species-dependent neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation. This process is defective in chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) because of impaired phagocyte nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase function.

OBJECTIVE: To determine the antifungal agent and mechanism responsible for reconstitution of Aspergillus growth inhibition within NETs after complementation of NADPH oxidase function by gene therapy (GT) for CGD.

METHODS: Antifungal activity of free and NET-released calprotectin was assessed by incubation of Aspergillus nidulans with purified calprotectin, induced NETs from human controls, and CGD neutrophils after GT in the presence or absence of Zn(2+) or alpha-S100A9 antibody, and with induced NETs from wild-type or S100A9(-/-) mouse neutrophils.

RESULTS: We identified the host Zn(2+) chelator calprotectin as a neutrophil-associated antifungal agent expressed within NETs, reversibly preventing A nidulans growth at low concentrations, and leading to irreversible fungal starvation at higher concentrations. Specific antibody-blocking and Zn(2+) addition abolished calprotectin-mediated inhibition of A nidulans proliferation in vitro. The role of calprotectin in anti-Aspergillus defense was confirmed in calprotectin knockout mice.

CONCLUSION: Reconstituted NET formation by GT for human CGD was associated with rapid cure of pre-existing therapy-refractory invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in vivo, underlining the role of functional NADPH oxidase in NET formation and calprotectin release for antifungal activity. These results demonstrate the critical role of calprotectin in human innate immune defense against Aspergillus infection.

Keywords
chronic granulomatous disease, gene therapy, neutrophil extracellular trap, calprotectin, Aspergillus infection
National Category
Microbiology in the medical area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-43206 (URN)10.1016/j.jaci.2011.01.021 (DOI)000290018600020 ()
Available from: 2011-04-22 Created: 2011-04-22 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Organisations

Search in DiVA

Show all publications