The virtues of oxygenation: Low tissue oxygen adversely affects the killing of leishmania

Lopa M. Das*, Kurt Q. Lu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Hypoxia contributes to the persistence of infections through altered immune responses. Studies examining skin O2 changes at the site of a lesion are limited. The prevailing methods require the use of electrochemical O 2 sensors or radiolabeled electrodes that utilize O2 and may interfere with the precision at low O2 levels. In this issue, Mahnke et al. (2014) demonstrate, using a novel fluorescence-based imaging technology, that low oxygen tension (pO2) impairs NO-mediated anti-leishmanial immunity, leading to increased parasite burden. Replenishing tissue oxygen profoundly enhanced NO-mediated leishmanial killing, underscoring the need to accurately assess oxygenation in infected tissues as a novel strategy to challenge intracellular infection. The technology presented here may have clinical-translational potential in noninvasively assessing disease burden and response to treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2303-2305
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Dermatology
  • Cell Biology

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