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We have previously shown that Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans cytolethal-distending toxin (Cdt) is a potent immunosuppressive agent that induces G2/M arrest in human lymphocytes. In this study, we explored the possibility that Cdt-mediated immunotoxicity involves lipid membrane microdomains. We first determined that following treatment of Jurkat cells with Cdt holotoxin all three Cdt subunits localize to these microdomains. Laser confocal microscopy was employed to colocalize the subunits with GM1-enriched membrane regions which are characteristic of membrane rafts. Western blot analysis of isolated lipid rafts also demonstrated the presence of Cdt peptides. Cholesterol depletion, using methyl β-cyclodextrin, protected cells from the ability of the Cdt holotoxin to induce G2 arrest. Moreover, cholesterol depletion reduced the ability of the toxin to associate with Jurkat cells. Thus, lipid raft integrity is vital to the action of Cdt on host cells. The implications of our observations with respect to Cdt mode of action are discussed.

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This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: [Boesze-Battaglia, K., Besack, D., McKay, T., Zekavat, A., Otis, L., Jordan-Sciutto, K., & Shenker, B. J. (2006). Cholesterol-rich membrane microdomains mediate cell cycle arrest induced by Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans cytolethal-distending toxin. Cellular Microbiology, 8(5), 823–836.], which has been published in final form at []. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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Date Posted: 01 March 2022

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