[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Human Langerhans cells (LCs) are highly efficient at priming cytolytic CD8(+) T cells compared with dermal CD14(+) dendritic cells (DCs). Here we show that dermal CD14(+) DCs instead prime a fraction of naïve CD8(+) T cells into cells sharing the properties of type 2 cytokine-secreting CD8(+) T cells (TC2). Differential expression of the CD8-antagonist receptors on dermal CD14(+) DCs, the Ig-like transcript (ILT) inhibitory receptors, explains the difference between the two types of DCs. Inhibition of CD8 function on LCs inhibited cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) and enhanced TC2 generation. In addition, blocking ILT2 or ILT4 on dermal CD14(+) DCs enhanced the generation of CTLs and inhibited TC2 cytokine production. Lastly, addition of soluble ILT2 and ILT4 receptors inhibited CTL priming by LCs. Thus, ILT receptor expression explains the polarization of CD8(+) T-cell responses by LCs vs. dermal CD14(+) DCs.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 10/2012; 109(46). DOI:10.1073/pnas.1205785109 · 9.67 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We recently reported that human epidermal Langerhans cells (LCs) are more efficient than dermal CD14(+) DCs at priming naive CD8(+) T cells into potent CTLs. We hypothesized that distinctive dendritic cell (DC) cytokine expression profiles (ie, IL-15 produced by LCs and IL-10 expressed by dermal CD14(+) DCs) might explain the observed functional difference. Blocking IL-15 during CD8(+) T-cell priming reduced T-cell proliferation by ∼ 50%. These IL-15-deprived CD8(+) T cells did not acquire the phenotype of effector memory cells. They secreted less IL-2 and IFN-γ and expressed only low amounts of CD107a, granzymes and perforin, and reduced levels of the antiapoptotic protein Bcl-2. Confocal microscopy analysis showed that IL-15 is localized at the immunologic synapse of LCs and naive CD8(+) T cells. Conversely, blocking IL-10 during cocultures of dermal CD14(+) DCs and naive CD8(+) T cells enhanced the generation of effector CTLs, whereas addition of IL-10 to cultures of LCs and naive CD8(+) T cells inhibited their induction. TGF-β1 that is transcribed by dermal CD14(+) DCs further enhanced the inhibitory effect of IL-10. Thus, the respective production of IL-15 and IL-10 explains the contrasting effects of LCs and dermal CD14(+) DCs on CD8(+) T-cell priming.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We evaluated human CD8(+) T-cell responses generated by targeting antigens to dendritic cells (DCs) through various lectin receptors. We found the immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif-containing DC immunoreceptor (DCIR) to mediate potent cross-presentation. A single exposure to a low dose of anti-DCIR-antigen conjugate initiated antigen-specific CD8(+) T-cell immunity by all human DC subsets including ex vivo-generated DCs, skin-isolated Langerhans cells, and blood myeloid DCs and plasmacytoid DCs. The delivery of influenza matrix protein (FluMP) through DCIR resulted in expansion of FluMP-specific memory CD8(+) T cells. Enhanced specific CD8(+) T-cell responses were observed when an antigen was delivered to the DCs via DCIR, compared with those induced by a free antigen, or antigen conjugated to a control monoclonal antibody or delivered via DC-SIGN, another lectin receptor. DCIR targeting also induced primary CD8(+) T-cell responses against self (MART-1) and viral (HIV gag) antigens. Addition of Toll-like receptor (TLR) 7/8 agonist enhanced DCIR-mediated cross-presentation as well as cross-priming, particularly when combined with a CD40 signal. TLR7/8 activation was associated with increased expansion of the primed CD8(+) T cells, high production of interferon-γ and tumor necrosis factor-α, and reduced levels of type 2-associated cytokines. Thus, antigen targeting via the human DCIR receptor allows activation of specific CD8(+) T-cell immunity.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Little is known about the functional differences between the human skin myeloid dendritic cell (DC) subsets, epidermal CD207(+) Langerhans cells (LCs) and dermal CD14(+) DCs. We showed that CD14(+) DCs primed CD4(+) T cells into cells that induce naive B cells to switch isotype and become plasma cells. In contrast, LCs preferentially induced the differentiation of CD4(+) T cells secreting T helper 2 (Th2) cell cytokines and were efficient at priming and crosspriming naive CD8(+) T cells. A third DC population, CD14(-)CD207(-)CD1a(+) DC, which resides in the dermis, could activate CD8(+) T cells better than CD14(+) DCs but less efficiently than LCs. Thus, the human skin displays three DC subsets, two of which, i.e., CD14(+) DCs and LCs, display functional specializations, the preferential activation of humoral and cellular immunity, respectively.