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B05 - Mechanisms and consequences of myeloid cell death induced by Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Jan Rybniker

Clinic I for internal medicine, University of Cologne
Contact: jan.rybniker(at)uk-koeln.de
For more information visit: Rybniker lab


Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is a highly successful intracellular pathogen based on its ability to manipulate innate immunity countermeasures of its major host, the human macrophage. Lytic host cell death is essential for bacterial dissemination and represents an important research topic both mechanistically and from a therapeutic perspective. This project aims to study how Mtb modulates regulated cell death in myeloid cells and to address the functional role of different cell death pathways in Mtb infection.

Recent Publications


Theobald, S.J., Simonis, A., Mudler, J.M., Göbel, U., Acton, R., Kohlhas, V., Albert, M.-C., Hellmann, A.-M., Malin, J.J., Winter, S., Hallek, M., Walczak, H., Nguyen, P.-H., Koch, M., Rybniker, J. (2022) Spleen tyrosine kinase mediates innate and adaptive immune crosstalk in SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccination. EMBO Mol Med e15888 https://doi.org/10.15252/emmm.202215888


Theobald, S.J., Gräb, J., Fritsch, M., Suárez, I., Eisfeld, H.S., Winter, S., Koch, M., Hölscher, C., Pasparakis, M., Kashkar, H., and Rybniker, J. (2021) Gasdermin D mediates host cell death but not interleukin-1β secretion in Mycobacterium tuberculosis-infected macrophages. Cell Death Discov. 7, 327 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41420-021-00716-5

Eisfeld, H.S., Simonis, A., Winter, S., Chhen, J., Ströh, L.J., Krey, T., Koch, M., Theobald, S.J., Rybniker, J. (2021). Viral Glycoproteins Induce NLRP3 Inflammasome Activation and Pyroptosis in Macrophages. Viruses 2021, 13, 2076. https://doi.org/10.3390/v13102076

Theobald, S.J., Simonis, A., Georgomanolis, T., Kreer, C., Zehner, M., Eisfeld, H.S., Albert, M.C., Chhen, J., Motameny, S., Erger, F., Fischer, J., Malin, J.J., Gräb, J., Winter, S., Pouikli, A., David, F., Böll, B., Koehler, P., Vanshylla, K., Gruell, H., Suárez, I., Hallek, M., Fätkenheuer, G., Jung, N., Cornely, O.A., Lehmann, C., Tessarz, P., Altmüller, J., Nürnberg, P., Kashkar, H., Klein, F., Koch, M., and Rybniker, J. (2021) Long-lived macrophage reprogramming drives spike protein-mediated inflammasome activation in COVID-19. EMBO Mol Med e14150https://doi.org/10.15252/emmm.202114150

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