Gasdermin D Signaling & Inflammasome Research

Pyroptosis is an inflammatory programmed cell death that is initiated in response to pathogen- or host-derived perturbations of the cytosol. In human and mice pyroptosis is induced by inflammatory caspases, such as caspase-1 and -11 that are activated by inflammasomes. Gasdermin D (GSDMD) is a central mediator of pyroptotic cell death. It contains a functional N-terminal domain and an inhibitory C-terminal domain. Upon caspase-1/11 cleavage of the linker located between the two domains of Gasdermin D, the cleaved N-terminal fragment of Gasdermin D oligomerizes and forms pores on the host cell membrane, leading to cell death called pyroptosis.

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Gasdermin D (mouse) ELISA Kit

The Gasdermin D (mouse) ELISA Kit (Prod. No. AG-45B-0011) is a sandwich ELISA for quantitative determination of mouse Gasdermin D in cell culture supernatants and in cell extracts. This ELISA is specific for the measurement of natural and recombinant mouse Gasdermin D (full-length and C-terminus cleaved fragment). It does not detect human Gasdermin D.

Cat. No.Product NameProduct Description
Gasdermin D (mouse) ELISA Kit
Detects full-length and cleaved C-terminal mouse Gasdermin D in cell culture supernatants and cell extracts. Does not cross-react with human Gasdermin D.

Gasdermin D Signaling Pathways

Inflammasomes are multimeric protein complexes that comprise a sensor (e.g. NLRP3), an adaptor (ASC/Pycard) and a protease (pro-caspase-1) (1). An inflammasome assembles in response to a diverse range of pathogen-associated or danger-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs or DAMPs), or perturbations in cytoplasmic homeostasis (term "homeostasis-altering molecular processes" (HAMPs)) (2). The inflammasome platform leads to activation of caspase-1, which further induces maturation of interleukin-1β and -18 (IL-1β and IL-18) through proteolytic cleavage of pro-IL-1β and pro-IL-18. Activated caspase-1, and also the recently characterized caspase-11 non-canonical inflammasome pathway, cleave the newly discovered intracellular protein Gasdermin D (3, 4). The Gasdermin family members contain N-terminal domains that are capable of forming membrane pores, whereas the C-terminal domains of Gasdermins function as inhibitors of such cytolysis through intramolecular domain association. Caspase-1 or -11 cleavage of Gasdermin D is required for regulation of Pyroptosis: upon caspase-1/11 cleavage of the Gasdermin N- and C-domain linker, the cleaved N-terminal fragment of Gasdermin D oligomerizes and forms pores on the host cell membrane (5), leading to a cell death called pyroptosis and further activation of inflammasomes by triggering K+ efflux (6). Gasdermin D forming pores regulate the non-conventional secretion of cytokines such as IL-1β, in response to cytosolic LPS and other activators of the inflammasome (7). Neutrophil extrusion of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) and concomitant cell death (NETosis), a particular neutrophil defense against pathogens, are dependent on Gasdermin D cleavage by caspase-11 (8). Gasdermin D-mediated pyroptosis is regulated at the level of lipid peroxidation (9) and seems to be a key effector in the LPS-induced lethal sepsis (10).

Caspase-8, an upstream activator of caspase-3, controls apoptotic cell death and prevents RIPK3–MLKL-dependent necroptosis. Caspase-8, activated by the Yersinia effector protein YopJ, also triggers Gasdermin D processing and cell death with different Yersinia species (11).

After formation of the pore at the cellular membrane by Gasdermin D N-terminal fragment, the role and fate of the C-terminus fragment of Gasdermin D is still unclear. Using the Gasdermin D (mouse) ELISA Kit (Prod. No. AG-45B-0011), that detects the C-terminal part of Gasdermin D (as well as the full-length protein), a signal is detected in the supernatant of cells dying by pyroptosis, suggesting that the C-terminal fragment is released from cells, either by chance due to the presence of a pore or for a specific task not yet clear.

1. The inflammasome: a molecular platform triggering activation of inflammatory caspases and processing of proILbeta: F. Martinon, et al.; Mol. Cell 10, 417 (2002)

2. Homeostasis-altering molecular processes as mechanisms of inflammasome activation: A. Liston & S.L. Masters; Nat. Rev. Immunol. 17, 208 (2017)

3. Caspase-11 cleaves gasdermin D for noncanonical inflammasome signalling: N. Kayagaki, et al.; Nature 526, 666 (2015)

4. Mechanisms of Gasdermin Family Members in Inflammasome Signaling and Cell Death: S. Feng, et al.; J. Mol. Biol. 430, 3068 (2018)

5. Inflammasome-activated gasdermin D causes pyroptosis by forming membrane pores: X. Liu, et al.; Nature 535, 153 (2016)

6. Gasdermin D Restrains Type I Interferon Response to Cytosolic DNA by Disrupting Ionic Homeostasis: I. Banerjee, et al.; Immunity 49, 413 (2018)

7. The Pore-Forming Protein Gasdermin D Regulates Interleukin-1 Secretion from Living Macrophages: C.L. Evavold, et al.; Immunity 48, 35 (2018)

8. Noncanonical inflammasome signaling elicits gasdermin D-dependent neutrophil extracellular traps: K.W. Chen, et al.; Sci. Immunol. 3, 26 (2018)

9. Lipid Peroxidation Drives Gasdermin D-mediated Pyroptosis in Lethal Polymicrobial Sepsis: R. Kang, et al.; Cell Host Microbe 24, 97 (2018)

10. Chemical disruption of the pyroptotic pore-forming protein gasdermin D inhibits inflammatory cell death and sepsis: J.K. Rathkey, et al.; Sci. Immunol. 3, 26 (2018)

11. Pathogen blockade of TAK1 triggers caspase-8-dependent cleavage of gasdermin D and cell death: P. Orning, et al.; Science (Epub ahead of print) 26 (2018)

The Standard Inflammasome Research Antibodies

Cat. No.Product NameProduct Description
anti-Caspase-1 (p20) (mouse), mAb (Casper-1)Recognizes endogenous full-length and activated (p20 fragment) mouse caspase-1.
anti-Caspase-1 (p10) (mouse), mAb (Casper-2)Recognizes endogenous full-length and activated (p10 fragment) mouse caspase-1.
anti-Caspase-1 (p20) (human), mAb (Bally-1)Recognizes endogenous full-length and activated (p20 fragment) human caspase-1.
anti-NLRP3/NALP3, mAb (Cryo-2)Recognizes mouse and human NLRP3/NALP3.
anti-Asc, pAb (AL177)Recognizes human and mouse Asc.
anti-IL-1alpha (p18) (mouse), mAb (Teo-1)Recognizes full-length and cleaved p18 fragment of mouse IL-1α.
anti-Caspase-8 (human), mAb (C15)Recognizes the p18 subunit of human caspase-8.
anti-Caspase-8 (mouse), mAb (1G12)Recognizes full-length and the p18 cleaved fragment of mouse caspase-8.
anti-Caspase-8 (mouse), mAb (3B10)Recognizes full-length and the p18 cleaved fragment of mouse caspase-8.

Key Inflammasome Activators and Inhibitors

Cat. No.Product NameProduct Description
Monosodium urate (crystals) [1198-77-2]Potent NLRP3 inflammasome activator.
AG-CR1-3951Monosodium urate (ready-to-use) [1198-77-2]Potent NLRP3 inflammasome activator.
Nigericin . sodium salt [28643-80-3]Potent NLRP3 inflammasome activator.
N-Acetyl-D-glucosamine [7512-17-6]Acts as activator of NLRP3 inflammasome by dissociating the enzyme hexokinase from the mitochondria.
MCC950 . sodium salt [256373-96-3]Potent and selective NLRP3 inflammasome inhibitor.
Isoliquiritigenin [961-29-5]Inhibits NLRP3-activated Asc oligomerization. Blocks priming and activation steps.
BAY 11-7082 [19542-67-7]Reduces ATPase activity of the NLRP3 inflammasome.
(R)-3-Hydroxybutyric acid [625-72-9]Prevents K+-efflux and consequently reduce Asc oligomerization and speck formation.
(S)-3-Hydroxybutyric acid [6168-83-8]
DL-3-Hydroxybutyric acid sodium salt [150-83-4]
K777 [K11777] [233277-99-1]Broad-range cathepsin inhibitor useful for inflammasome inhibition.

Unique Gasdermin D (mouse-specific) Antibody

Cat. No.Product NameProduct Description
anti-Gasdermin D (mouse), pAb (IN110)Recognizes full-length and cleaved C-terminus domain of mouse gasdermin D. Does not cross-react with human gasdermin D.

Gasdermin D-induced Pyroptosis Inhibitors

Cat. No.Product NameProduct Description
U-73122 [112648-68-7]U-73122 is a potent cell permeable phospholipase C (PLC) and SERCA inhibitor that has recently been shown to be a useful inflammasome research reagent by acting as a Gasdermin D N-terminal fragment (GSDMD-N)-induced pyroptosis inhibitor. It protects against GSDMD-N cytotoxicity in macrophages or against lethal infection in mice.
Necrosulfonamide is a potent inhibitor of necroptosis, by blocking the mixed lineage kinase domain-like protein (MLKL) has recently been shown to act as an inhibitor of Gasdermin D that works well for mice studies. It binds directly to Gasdermin D and inhibits the oligomerization of the N-terminus and therefore the pore formation and pyroptosis.

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