Terence S. Dermody, MD

Terence S. Dermody, MD

Contact

Administrative Office Building, Suite 5300
4221 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Ph: 412-692-8071

Fax: 412-692-5946

dermody@chp.edu

Education

  • MD, Columbia University
  • BS, Cornell University

Academic Affiliation

Vira I. Heinz Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Professor, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Member, Graduate Program in Microbiology and Immunology (PMI)

Member, Integrative Systems Biology (ISB) Graduate Program

About Research

Our lab studies the molecular pathogenesis of mammalian reovirus and chikungunya virus infections. Reovirus is an enteric, neurotropic virus that infects many mammalian species, including humans, but disease is restricted to the very young. Chikungunya virus is an emerging arthropod-borne alphavirus that causes epidemics of febrile arthritis in humans. Research in my laboratory encompasses several interrelated themes to better understand viral and cellular mediators of disease. These include the structural basis of viral attachment and entry into cells, mechanisms of genome replication and packaging, patterns of cell signaling and gene expression occurring in response to viral infection, mechanisms of virus-induced apoptosis and its significance in the viral life cycle, and roles of viral receptor distribution and utilization in disease pathology. We also are developing viral vectors for oncolytic and vaccine applications.

(1) Reovirus receptors and pathogenesis. Following peroral inoculation of newborn mice, reovirus disseminates systemically to target the heart, liver, and central nervous system. We are conducting experiments to investigate the role of reovirus receptors, sialic acid, junctional adhesion molecule A (JAM-A), and Nogo receptor-1 (NgR1) in reovirus dissemination and tropism. These studies employ primary cells and mice lacking reovirus receptors. This work will be interpreted in the context of ongoing studies to determine the structure of reovirus in complex with its receptors. Since not all of the reovirus receptors are known, we are working to identify additional reovirus receptors.

(2) Reovirus cell entry and replication. Reovirus enters cells by clathrin-dependent endocytosis in an integrin-dependent process and undergoes proteolytic disassembly in endosomes. Studies are in progress to define mechanisms of reovirus uptake and transport within the endocytic pathway. We also are working to define how the viral gene products reorganize cellular architecture to form the viral replication organelles that serve as sites for genome replication and particle assembly. This research will reveal mechanisms by which viral and cellular factors cooperate to facilitate viral replication and illuminate new targets for therapeutic intervention.

(3) Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) attachment and cell entry. CHIKV has produced explosive outbreaks in East Africa, several islands in the Indian Ocean, India, Southeast Asia, and most recently the Caribbean. We have found that attenuated CHIKV vaccine strain 181/25 engages heparan sulfate proteoglycans to initiate infection. Ongoing work is focused on identification of host cell proteins that contribute to CHIKV attachment and internalization and definition of CHIKV virulence determinants. This research will fill major gaps in an understanding of CHIKV pathogenesis and illuminate new targets for antiviral therapies and vaccines.

Selected Publications

Konopka-Anstadt JL, Mainou BA, Sutherland DM, Sekine Y, Strittmatter SM and Dermody TS. 2014. The Nogo receptor NgR1 mediates infection by mammalian reovirus. Cell Host Microbe. 15: 681-691.

Ashbrook AW, Lentscher AJ, Zamora PF, Silva LA, May NA, Bauer JA, Morrison TE and Dermody TS. 2016. Antagonism of the sodium-potassium ATPase impairs chikungunya virus infection. mBio. 7: e00693-16.

Doyle JD, Setencel-Baerenwald JE, Copeland CA, Rhoads JP, Brown JJ, Boyd KL, Atkinson JB and Dermody TS. 2015. Diminished reovirus capsid stability alters disease pathogenesis and littermate transmission. PLoS Pathog. 1: e1004693.

Bouziat R, Hinterleitner R, Brown JJ [...] Dermody TS and Jabri B. 2017. Reovirus infection breaks tolerance to dietary antigens and promotes development of celiac disease. Science. 356: 44-50. 

Knowlton JJ, Fernández de Castro I, Ashbrook AW, Gestaut DR, Zamora PF, Bauer JA, Forrest JC, Frydman J, Risco C and Dermody TS. The TRiC chaperonin controls reovirus replication through outer-capsid folding. Nat Micrbiol. 3: 481-493.

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