Recognition of cytosolic DNA by cGAS and other STING-dependent sensors

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Program in Innate Immunity

Publication Date


Document Type



Animals; Cytosol; DEAD-box RNA Helicases; DNA; Humans; Membrane Proteins; Mice; Nuclear Proteins; Nucleotidyltransferases; Protein Binding; Protein Transport


Immunity | Immunology and Infectious Disease | Immunology of Infectious Disease | Infectious Disease | Molecular Biology


The presence of DNA in the cytoplasm of mammalian cells is perceived as a danger signal, alerting the host to the presence of microbial infection. In response to the detection of cytoplasmic DNA, the immune system mounts a programed response that involves the transcription of anti-viral genes such as type I interferons and production of inflammatory cytokines such as IL-1beta. The recent discovery of the cGAS-cGAMP second messenger pathway as well as IFI16 and additional sensors collectively provide critical insights into the molecular basis behind the sensing of cytoplasmic DNA. The insights obtained from these important discoveries could unveil new avenues to understand host-immunity, improve vaccine adjuvancy, and allow development of new treatments for inflammatory diseases associated with abberrant sensing of DNA.

DOI of Published Version



Eur J Immunol. 2014 Mar;44(3):634-40. doi: 10.1002/eji.201344127. Epub 2014 Jan 13. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

European journal of immunology

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID