Nlrp6 regulates intestinal antiviral innate immunity.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Science (New York, N.Y.), Volume 350, Issue 6262, p.826-30 (2015)


Animals, Caliciviridae Infections, Cardiovirus Infections, Cytokines, Encephalomyocarditis virus, Gastroenteritis, Gene Expression Regulation, HEK293 Cells, Humans, Immunity, Innate, Interferon Type I, Intestines, MICE, Mice, Mutant Strains, Norovirus, Receptors, Cell Surface, RNA Helicases, RNA, Viral, Ubiquitins, Viremia


The nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-like receptor (Nlrp) 6 maintains gut microbiota homeostasis and regulates antibacterial immunity. We now report a role for Nlrp6 in the control of enteric virus infection. Nlrp6(-/-) and control mice systemically challenged with encephalomyocarditis virus had similar mortality; however, the gastrointestinal tract of Nlrp6(-/-) mice exhibited increased viral loads. Nlrp6(-/-) mice orally infected with encephalomyocarditis virus had increased mortality and viremia compared with controls. Similar results were observed with murine norovirus 1. Nlrp6 bound viral RNA via the RNA helicase Dhx15 and interacted with mitochondrial antiviral signaling protein to induce type I/III interferons (IFNs) and IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs). These data demonstrate that Nlrp6 functions with Dhx15 as a viral RNA sensor to induce ISGs, and this effect is especially important in the intestinal tract.