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[Cell Reports] Cellular Decision Making by Non-Integrative Processing of TLR Inputs


Cells receive a multitude of signals from the environment, but how they process simultaneous signaling inputs is not well understood. Response to infection, for example, involves parallel activation of multiple Toll-like receptors (TLRs) that converge on the nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) pathway. Although we increasingly understand inflammatory responses for isolated signals, it is not clear how cells process multiple signals that co-occur in physiological settings. We therefore examined a bacterial infection scenario involving co-stimulation of TLR4 and TLR2. Independent stimulation of these receptors induced distinct NF-κB dynamic profiles, although surprisingly, under co-stimulation, single cells continued to show ligand-specific dynamic responses characteristic of TLR2 or TLR4 signaling rather than a mixed response, comprising a cellular decision that we term “non-integrative” processing. Iterating modeling and microfluidic experiments revealed that non-integrative processing occurred through interaction of switch-like NF-κB activation, receptor-specific processing timescales, cell-to-cell variability, and TLR cross-tolerance mediated by multilayer negative feedback.

Ryan A. Kellogg6, Chengzhe Tian6, Martin Etzrodt, Savaş Tay7, 6Co-first author 7Lead Contact Open Access DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2017.03.027 |

Link: http://www.cell.com/cell-reports/abstract/S2211-1247(17)30359-5

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