The liver, and more specifically, the liver sinusoidal endothelial cells, constitute the beginning of one of the most important responses for the elimination of hematogenously disseminated Candida albicans. Therefore, we aimed to study the mechanisms involved in the interaction between these cells and C. albicans. Transcriptomics-based analysis showed an increase in the expression of genes related to the immune response (including receptors, cytokines, and adhesion molecules), as well as to aerobic glycolysis. Further in vitro analyses showed that IL-6 production in response to C. albicans is controlled by MyD88- and SYK-pathways, suggesting an involvement of Toll-like and C-type lectin receptors and the subsequent activation of the MAP-kinases and c-Fos/AP-1 transcription factor. In addition, liver sinusoidal endothelial cells undergo metabolic reprogramming towards aerobic glycolysis induced by C. albicans, as confirmed by the increased Extracellular Acidification Rate and the overexpression of enolase (Eno2), hexonikase (Hk2) and glucose transporter 1 (Slc2a1). In conclusion, these results indicate that the hepatic endothelium responds to C. albicans by increasing aerobic glycolysis and promoting an inflammatory environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105305
Early online date29 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Jan 2024


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