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Poster Display session 1

2663 - The bacterial receptor NOD2 mediates LGR5+ intestinal stem cells protection against irradiation via mitophagy activation


28 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 1


Basic Science

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Antonin Levy


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v1-v24. 10.1093/annonc/mdz238


A. Levy1, E. Deutsch2, P. Sansonetti3, G. Nigro3

Author affiliations

  • 1 Radiation Oncology, Gustave Roussy - Cancer Campus, 94805 - Villejuif/FR
  • 2 Radiation Oncology, Institut Gustave Roussy, 94800 - Villejuif/FR
  • 3 Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis Unit, Institut Pasteur, 75015 - Paris/FR


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Abstract 2663


The NOD2 agonist muramyl-dipeptide (MDP), a peptidoglycan motif common to all bacteria, supports LGR5+ intestinal stem cells (ISCs) survival through NOD2 activation upon an otherwise lethal oxidative-stress-mediated signal. Yet the underlying protective mechanisms remains unknown.


Irradiation was used as stressor and primarily murine-derived intestinal organoids as a model system.


MDP induced a strong reduction of total and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) within ISCs, which was associated with mitophagy induction. ATG16L1 KO and NOD2 KO organoids did not benefit from the MDP-induced cytoprotection. We showed the MDP-dependent induction of ISC mitophagy upon stress in vivo.


In LGR5+ ISCs, NOD2 allows irradiation-generated ROS clearance through ATG16L1-activated mitophagy.

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Editorial acknowledgement

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The authors.


This work was supported by European Research Council (ERC) advanced grant 339579-DECRYPT to P.J.S and by French National Research Agency (ANR) grant 17-CE14-0022 (i-Stress) to P.S.. A.L. was personally funded by: i) Poste d’Accueil INSERM and ii) Soutien pour la formation à la recherche translationnelle en cancérologie (ITMO Cancer, INCa - Plan Cancer 2014-2019, allocation number: ASC17040JSA).


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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