[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: During primary infection with intracellular bacteria, the membrane-associated form of TNF provides some TNF functions, but the relative contributions during memory responses are not well-characterized. In this study, we determined the role of T cell-derived secreted and membrane-bound TNF (memTNF) during adaptive immunity to Francisella tularensis live vaccine strain (LVS). Although transgenic mice expressing only the memTNF were more susceptible to primary LVS infection than wild-type (WT) mice, LVS-immune WT and memTNF mice both survived maximal lethal secondary Francisella challenge. Generation of CD44(high) memory T cells and clearance of bacteria were similar, although more IFN-gamma and IL-12(p40) were produced by memTNF mice. To examine T cell function, we used an in vitro tissue coculture system that measures control of LVS intramacrophage growth by LVS-immune WT and memTNF-T cells. LVS-immune CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells isolated from WT and memTNF mice exhibited comparable control of LVS growth in either normal or TNF-alpha knockout macrophages. Although the magnitude of CD4(+) T cell-induced macrophage NO production clearly depended on TNF, control of LVS growth by both CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells did not correlate with levels of nitrite. Importantly, intramacrophage LVS growth control by CD8(+) T cells, but not CD4(+) T cells, was almost entirely dependent on T cell-expressed TNF, and required stimulation through macrophage TNFRs. Collectively, these data demonstrate that T cell-expressed memTNF is necessary and sufficient for memory T cell responses to this intracellular pathogen, and is particularly important for intramacrophage control of bacterial growth by CD8(+) T cells.
The Journal of Immunology 01/2008; 179(11):7709-19. · 5.52 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) plays a critical role in the host response to the intracellular pathogen Listeria monocytogenes (LM). TNF exists in soluble and membrane-bound forms and exhibits both unique and overlapping activities. We examined the role of membrane TNF in the absence of secreted TNF for host resistance in knockin mice in which the endogenous TNF was replaced by a regulated, noncleavable allele (mem-TNF). Macrophages expressing mem-TNF produced nitric oxide and displayed normal bactericidal activity. Although mice completely deficient in TNF (TNF(-/-)) succumbed to LM infection within 4 days, mem-TNF mice controlled LM infection at a low dose (10(4) CFU) but succumbed at a higher dose of infection (10(5) CFU). In contrast to complete TNF deficiency, mem-TNF mice developed confined microabscesses that expressed inducible nitric oxide synthase. The transfer of lymphocytes from immunized mem-TNF, but not TNF(-/-), mice protected TNF(-/-) mice from fatal infection. Taken together the data suggest that in the absence of soluble TNF, the presence of membrane-expressed TNF on phagocytes and lymphocytes partially restores host defense to LM infection.
American Journal Of Pathology 01/2006; 167(6):1677-87. · 4.52 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: CD4(+) T cell responses and macrophage activation are essential components of schistosome egg-induced granuloma formation. Previous studies implicated tumour necrosis factor (TNF) as a potential mediator of macrophage recruitment and activation during schistosome infection. Here we demonstrate that signalling by TNF and its receptors can influence granuloma formation, but is ultimately dispensable for granuloma formation in this system. However, we identify a previously unrecognised role for TNF in limiting hepatocellular damage in response to schistosome eggs. Further, we show that this activity of TNF is independent of TNF receptors (TNFR1 and TNFR2). Taken together, these data suggest that additional, as yet unrecognised receptors exist for TNF and that these receptors are capable of mediating important pathological effects in the liver. Finally, we provide evidence that TNF plays an unexpected role in maintaining adult schistosome viability in the portal system.
International Journal for Parasitology 02/2004; 34(1):27-36. · 3.64 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The skin-associated chemokine CCL27 (also called CTACK, ALP and ESkine) and its receptor CCR10 (GPR-2) mediate chemotactic responses of skin-homing T cells in vitro. Here we report that most skin-infiltrating lymphocytes in patients suffering from psoriasis, atopic or allergic-contact dermatitis express CCR10. Epidermal basal keratinocytes produced CCL27 protein that bound to extracellular matrix, mediated adhesion and was displayed on the surface of dermal endothelial cells. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-1beta induced CCL27 production whereas the glucocorticosteroid clobetasol propionate suppressed it. Circulating skin-homing CLA+ T cells, dermal microvascular endothelial cells and fibroblasts expressed CCR10 on their cell surface. In vivo, intracutaneous CCL27 injection attracted lymphocytes and, conversely, neutralization of CCL27-CCR10 interactions impaired lymphocyte recruitment to the skin leading to the suppression of allergen-induced skin inflammation. Together, these findings indicate that CCL27-CCR10 interactions have a pivotal role in T cell-mediated skin inflammation.
Nature Medicine 03/2002; 8(2):157-65. · 22.86 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Peyer's patch and nasal-associated lymphoid tissue (NALT) are mucosal lymphoid tissues that appear similar in structure and function. Surprisingly, we found that NALT, unlike Peyer's patch, was formed independently of lymphotoxin (LT)alpha. Furthermore, using mice deficient in the retinoic acid receptor-related orphan receptor-gamma, we found that NALT was formed in the absence of CD4+CD3- cells, which are thought to be the embryonic source of LTalpha. However, we also found that NALT of LTalpha-/- animals was disorganized and lymphopenic, suggesting that the organization and recruitment of lymphocytes within NALT remained dependent on LTalpha. Finally, we demonstrated that both the structure and function of NALT were restored in LTalpha-/- animals upon reconstitution with normal bone marrow. These results demonstrate that the organogenesis of NALT occurs through unique mechanisms.
The Journal of Immunology 03/2002; 168(3):986-90. · 5.52 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Peyer’s patch and nasal-associated lymphoid tissue (NALT) are mucosal lymphoid tissues that appear similar in structure and function. Surprisingly, we found that NALT, unlike Peyer’s patch, was formed independently of lymphotoxin (LT)α. Furthermore, using mice deficient in the retinoic acid receptor-related orphan receptor-γ, we found that NALT was formed in the absence of CD4+CD3− cells, which are thought to be the embryonic source of LTα. However, we also found that NALT of LTα−/− animals was disorganized and lymphopenic, suggesting that the organization and recruitment of lymphocytes within NALT remained dependent on LTα. Finally, we demonstrated that both the structure and function of NALT were restored in LTα−/− animals upon reconstitution with normal bone marrow. These results demonstrate that the organogenesis of NALT occurs through unique mechanisms.
The Journal of Immunology 02/2002; 168(3):986-990. · 5.52 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Monocytes recruited from the blood are key contributors to the nature of an immune response. While monocyte recruitment in a subset of immunopathologies has been well studied and largely attributed to the chemokine monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1, mechanisms mediating such recruitment to other sites of inflammation remain elusive. Here, we showed that localized inflammation resulted in an increased binding of monocytes to perifollicular high endothelial venules (HEVs) of lymph nodes draining a local inflammatory site. Quantitative PCR analyses revealed the upregulation of many chemokines in the inflamed lymph node, including MCP-1 and MIG. HEVs did not express detectable levels of MCP-1; however, a subset of HEVs in inflamed lymph nodes in wild-type (but not tumor necrosis factor [TNF] null mice) expressed MIG and this subset of HEVs preferentially supported monocyte binding. Expression of CXCR3, the receptor for MIG, was detected on a small subset of peripheral blood monocytes and on a significant percentage of recruited monocytes. Most importantly, in both ex vivo and in vivo assays, neutralizing anti-MIG antibodies blocked monocyte binding to inflamed lymph node HEVs. Together, these results suggest that the lymph node microenvironment can dictate the nature of molecules expressed on HEV subsets in a TNF-dependent fashion and that inflammation-induced MIG expression by HEVs can mediate monocyte recruitment.
Journal of Experimental Medicine 12/2001; 194(9):1375-84. · 13.21 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Mice without secreted TNF but with functional, normally regulated and expressed membrane-bound TNF (memTNF(Delta/Delta) mice) were created by knocking-in the uncleavable Delta 1-9,K11E TNF allele. In contrast to TNF-deficient mice (TNF(-/-)), memTNF supported many features of lymphoid organ structure, except generation of primary B cell follicles. Splenic chemokine expression was near normal. MemTNF-induced apoptosis was mediated through both TNF-R1 and TNF-R2. That memTNF is suboptimal for development of inflammation was revealed in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Disease severity was reduced in memTNF(Delta/Delta) mice relative to wild-type mice, and the nature of spinal cord infiltrates resembled that in TNF(-/-) mice. We conclude that memTNF supports many processes underlying lymphoid tissue structure, but secreted TNF is needed for optimal inflammatory lesion development.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Lymphotoxin (LT)-alpha, a member of the TNF family, is recognized as an important mediator in different aspects of lymphoid organ development. Targeted disruption of this molecule resulted in a substantial reduction in the proportion of alphaEbeta7-integrin(high) CD8+ T cells detectable in peripheral lymphoid organs. This defect, however, was not observed on mature CD4-CD8+ thymocytes. To determine whether this was due to downregulation of beta7-integrin expression by peripheral CD8+ T cells or a failure of thymic emigration of CD8+ beta7-integrin(high) T cells, beta7-integrin was examined on recent thymic emigrants (RTE). When analysed within 16 h after leaving the thymus CD4-CD8+ RTE in both LT-alpha-/- and wild type (wt) mice remained beta7-integrin(high) and were indistinguishable. However, within 3-5 days, emigration loss of beta7-integrin became evident in LT-alpha-/- mice. Despite this loss, the proportion of thymically derived alphabetaTCR+ T-cell populations in the intestinal epithelium, an important target tissue of CD8+ alphaEbeta7-integrin(high) T cells, was increased in the absence of LT-alpha. In contrast, B cells were detectable only rarely in the intestinal tissue of LT-alpha-/- mice. The expression of E-Cadherin remained unchanged. These results indicate that a LT-alpha-dependent process maintains a high level of alphaEbeta7-integrin expression by peripheral CD8+ T cells, and with this control mechanism LT-alpha may help to regulate CD8+ T-cell numbers in the tissues.
Immunology and Cell Biology 09/2001; 79(4):323-31. · 3.93 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: OX2 (CD200) is a broadly expressed membrane glycoprotein, shown here to be important for regulation of the macrophage lineage. In mice lacking CD200, macrophage lineage cells, including brain microglia, exhibited an activated phenotype and were more numerous. Upon facial nerve transection, damaged CD200-deficient neurons elicited an accelerated microglial response. Lack of CD200 resulted in a more rapid onset of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Outside the brain, disruption of CD200-CD200 receptor interaction precipitated susceptibility to collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) in mice normally resistant to this disease. Thus, in diverse tissues OX2 delivers an inhibitory signal for the macrophage lineage.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is characterised by intra-hepatic immune-mediated cholangiopathy (non-suppurative destructive cholangitis (NSDC)). Although auto-reactive immune responses against pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDC) have been characterised in PBC, the lack of an animal model of the disease has limited study of the mechanisms of disease induction and the development of novel approaches to therapy.
To develop and validate a mouse model of immune-mediated cholangiopathy relevant for future use in the study of the aetio-pathogenesis and therapy of PBC.
Female SJL/J, C57BL/6, NOD and BALB/c mice were sensitised with PDC, its purified E2/E3BP component, and a PDC-E2 derived peptide p163 (a dominant T-cell epitope in humans) in complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA). Morphological changes were assessed under light microscopy by a hepatic histopathologist blinded to the experimental details. Antibody responses to PDC were studied by ELISA and PDC inhibition assay.
An initial series of experiments was performed to survey the susceptibility of female mice of a range of strains to the induction of NSDC by i.p. sensitisation with PDC, PDC-E2/E3BP or p163 in CFA. Although each animal showed a specific antibody response following sensitisation, it was found that NSDC development (assessed at 30 weeks post-sensitisation) was restricted to SJL/J mice following sensitisation with any of the mitochondrial antigen preparations. A subsequent series of experiments was performed to examine the specificity and aetiology of this disease. Significant bile duct lesions were only seen in SJL/J animals following sensitisation with CFA containing PDC, and were absent from CFA only and un-sensitised controls. Kinetic analysis revealed that this pathology developed slowly, but a high incidence of animals with severe lesions was observed after 30 weeks.
We have described a model of experimental autoimmune cholangitis (EAC) with immunological (anti-PDC antibodies) and histological (immune-mediated cholangiopathy) features suggestive of PBC. This model may be useful in further defining the role of self-tolerance breakdown in the development of this condition.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: DAP12 is an ITAM-bearing membrane adaptor molecule implicated in the activation of NK and myeloid cells. In mice rendered DAP12 deficient by targeted gene disruption, lymphoid and myeloid development was apparently normal, although the activating Ly49 receptors on NK cells were downregulated and nonfunctional. To analyze the consequences of DAP12 deficiency in vivo, we examined the susceptibility of DAP12-/- mice to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). DAP12-/- mice were resistant to EAE induced by immunization with myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) peptide. Resistance was associated with a strongly diminished production of IFNgamma by myelin-reactive CD4+ T cells due to inadequate T cell priming in vivo. These data suggest that DAP12 signaling may be required for optimal antigen-presenting cell (APC) function or inflammation.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The OX2 membrane glycoprotein (CD200) is expressed on a broad range of tissues including lymphoid cells, neurons, and endothelium. We report the characterization of an OX2 receptor (OX2R) that is a novel protein restricted to cells of the myeloid lineage. OX2 and its receptor are both cell surface glycoproteins containing two immunoglobulin-like domains and interact with a dissociation constant of 2.5 microM and koff 0.8 s(-1), typical of many leukocyte protein membrane interactions. Pervanandate treatment of macrophages showed that OX2R could be phosphorylated on tyrosine residues. Blockade of the OX2-OX2R interaction with an OX2R mAb exacerbated the disease model experimental allergic encephalomyelitis. These data, together with data from an OX2-deficient mouse (R. M. Hoek et al., submitted), suggest that myeloid function can be controlled in a tissue-specific manner by the OX2-OX2R interaction.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Lymphoid follicles are B-cell-rich compartments of lymphoid organs that function as sites of B-cell antigen encounter and differentiation. CXC chemokine receptor-5 (CXCR5) is required for B-cell migration to splenic follicles, but the requirements for homing to B-cell areas in lymph nodes remain to be defined. Here we show that lymph nodes contain two types of B-cell-rich compartment: follicles containing follicular dendritic cells, and areas lacking such cells. Using gene-targeted mice, we establish that B-lymphocyte chemoattractant (BLC/BCA1) and its receptor, CXCR5, are needed for B-cell homing to follicles in lymph nodes as well as in spleen. We also find that BLC is required for the development of most lymph nodes and Peyer's patches. In addition to mediating chemoattraction, BLC induces B cells to up-regulate membrane lymphotoxin alpha1beta2, a cytokine that promotes follicular dendritic cell development and BLC expression, establishing a positive feedback loop that is likely to be important in follicle development and homeostasis. In germinal centres the feedback loop is overridden, with B-cell lymphotoxin alpha1beta2 expression being induced by a mechanism independent of BLC.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: TNF receptor-ligand interactions and CD95 (Fas / APO-1) have been demonstrated to be involved in activation-induced death of mature T cells. Here, we examined the role of these molecules in the murine model of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) infection using LCMV TCR transgenic (tg) mice lacking TNF, TNF receptor I (TNFR1), CD95 or both TNFR1 and CD95. This report demonstrates that neither TNF receptor-ligand interactions nor CD95 was required for down-regulation of LCMV-specific CD8 T cells following acute LCMV infection in vivo. Even LCMV-specific CD8 T cells lacking both TNFR1 and CD95 molecules declined after the acute phase of the infection with normal kinetics. Furthermore, peripheral deletion of LCMV-specific CD8 T cells induced by LCMV peptide injection or by adoptive transfer of tg spleen cells expressing the corresponding LCMV epitope was not impaired in mice lacking TNF, TNFR1 and / or CD95. Our data speak against an indispensable role of these molecules in antigen-induced apoptosis of CD8 T cells in vivo and suggest that T cell homeostasis after antigen challenge is controlled by additional mechanisms.
European Journal of Immunology 03/2000; 30(2):678-82. · 4.97 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: TNF, lymphotoxin (LT) and their receptors are expressed constitutively in the thymus. It remains unclear whether these cytokines play a role in normal thymic structure or function. We have investigated thymocyte differentiation, selection and thymic organogenesis in gene targeted mice lacking LTalpha, TNF, or both (TNF/LTalpha-/-). The thymus was normal in TNF/LTalpha-/- mice with regard to cell yields and stromal architecture. Detailed analysis of alphabeta and gammadelta T cell-lineage thymocyte subsets revealed no abnormalities, implying that neither TNF nor LT play an essential role in T cell differentiation or positive selection. The number and distribution of thymic CD11c+ dendritic cells was also normal in the absence of both TNF and LTalpha. A three-fold increase in B cell numbers was observed consistently in the TNF/LTalpha-/- thymus. This phenotype was due entirely to the LTalpha deficiency and associated with changes in the hemopoietic compartment, rather than the thymic stromal compartment of LTalpha-/- mice. Finally, specific Vbeta8+ T cell deletion within the thymus following intrathymic injection of staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) was TNF/LT independent. Thus, despite the presence of these cytokines and their receptors in the normal thymus, there appears no essential role for either TNF or LT in development of organ structure or for those processes associated with T cell repertoire selection.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and Fas ligand (FasL) play major roles in the homeostasis of the peripheral immune system. This becomes dramatically obvious in the absence of a functional FasL. Mice with such a deficiency develop a profound lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly, hypergammaglobulinemia, and strain-dependent systemic autoimmune disease, and succumb to premature death. It is consequently termed generalized lymphoproliferative disorder (gld). By contrast, TNF deficiency alone does not result in a striking phenotype. Thus, we sought to determine what role TNF might play in contributing to the gld phenotype by creating C57BL/6.gld.TNF(-/-) mice. Contrary to the expected outcome, mice deficient for both FasL and TNF had a substantially milder gld phenotype with regard to mortality, lymphoaccumulation, germinal center formation, and hypergammaglobulinemia. To confirm these data in a strain highly permissive for the phenotype, C3H/HeJ.gld and C3H.HeJ.lpr mice were treated with a TNF-specific monoclonal antibody. This transient neutralization of TNF also resulted in a significantly attenuated lymphoproliferative phenotype. We conclude that TNF is necessary for the full manifestation of the lymphoproliferative disorder, in particular playing a critical role in lymphoaccumulation. Most importantly, absence of TNF protects gld mice against premature death.
Journal of Experimental Medicine 02/2000; 191(1):89-96. · 13.21 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We have evaluated the NK cell antitumor activity in lymphotoxin (LT)-deficient mice. Both NK cell-mediated tumor rejection and protection from experimental metastases were significantly compromised in LT-alpha-deficient mice. Analysis of LT-alpha-deficient mice revealed that the absolute number of alphabetaTCR- NK1.1+ NK cells was reduced in bone marrow and thymus, but with overall proportional decreases in other hemopoietic organs. In addition, the antitumor potential of alphabetaTCR- NK1.1+ cells, as determined by their lytic capacity and perforin expression, was reduced 1.5- to 3-fold in LT-alpha-deficient mice, as compared with wild-type mice. Combined defects in NK cell development and effector function contribute to compromised NK cell antitumor function in LT-alpha-deficient mice.
The Journal of Immunology 09/1999; 163(3):1350-3. · 5.52 Impact Factor