Hamasaka A, Abe R, Koyama Y et al.DNA vaccination against macrophage migration inhibitory factor improves atopic dermatitis in murine models. J Allergy Clin Immunol 124:90-99

Department of Dermatology, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Sapporo 060-8638, Japan.
The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology (Impact Factor: 11.48). 06/2009; 124(1):90-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2009.04.025
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Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease. Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a proinflammatory cytokine that has been implicated in the pathogenesis of AD. Recently, we developed a novel DNA vaccine that generates neutralizing endogenous anti-MIF antibodies.
This study explores the preventive and therapeutic effects of this MIF-DNA vaccine in mouse models of AD.
Two different AD model mice (DS-Nh and NC/Nga) received MIF-DNA vaccination to analyze preventive and therapeutic effects, as assessed by clinical skin scores, histologic findings, and serum IgE levels.
In murine models of AD, MIF-DNA vaccination prevented the occurrence of the AD skin phenotype. Furthermore, administration of MIF-DNA vaccine to mice that had already developed AD produced a rapid improvement in AD skin manifestation. There were reduced histologic signs of inflammation and lower serum IgE levels in treated mice compared with those seen in control animals. Finally, passive transfer of IgG from MIF-DNA vaccinated mice to AD mice also produced a significant therapeutic effect. These results demonstrate that MIF-DNA vaccination not only prevents the development of AD but also improves the symptoms of pre-existing AD.
Taken together, the induction of an anti-MIF autoantibody response using MIF-DNA vaccination appears to be a useful approach in the treatment of AD.

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    • "In the skin, MIF is expressed in the epidermal keratinocytes and fibroblasts (Shimizu et al., 1996, Watanabe et al., 2004). MIF is known to play an important role in the skin with regard to inflammation, the immune response, cutaneous wound healing (Zhao et al., 2005, Dewor et al., 2007) and skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis (Shimizu et al., 1999a, Hamasaka et al., 2009). "
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    • "Keratinocytes are capable of enhancing MIF production in the skin after UV radiation [36,37]. MIF is known to play an important role in the skin with regard to inflammation, the immune response, cutaneous wound healing [38] and skin disease, such as atopic dermatitis [39,40]. In addition, skin melanoma cells express MIF mRNA and produce MIF protein [41]. "
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