[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a T cell–mediated autoimmune disease resulting from the destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells and is fatal unless treated with insulin. During the last four decades, multiple insulin-dependent diabetes (Idd) susceptibility/resistance loci that regulate T1D development have been identified in humans and non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice, an established animal model for T1D. However, the exact mechanisms by which these loci confer diabetes risk and the identity of the causative genes remain largely elusive. To identify genes and molecular mechanisms that control the function of diabetogenic T cells, we conducted DNA microarray analysis in islet-specific CD4 + T cells from BDC2.5 TCR transgenic NOD mice that contain the Idd9 locus from T1D-susceptible NOD mice or T1D-resistant C57BL/10 mice. Here we describe in detail the contents and analyses for these gene expression data associated with our previous study . Gene expression data are available at the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) repository from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (accession number GSE64674).
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: NOD.B10 Idd9.3 mice are congenic for the insulin-dependent diabetes (Idd) Idd9.3 locus, which confers significant type 1 diabetes (T1D) protection and encodes 19 genes, including microRNA (miR)-34a, from T1D-resistant C57BL/10 mice. B cells have been shown to play a critical role in the priming of autoantigen-specific CD4+ T cells in T1D pathogenesis in non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice. We show that early B-cell development is impaired in NOD.B10 Idd9.3 mice, resulting in the profound reduction of transitional and mature splenic B cells as compared with NOD mice. Molecular analysis revealed that miR-34a expression was significantly higher in B cell progenitors and marginal zone B cells from NOD.B10 Idd9.3 mice than in NOD mice. Furthermore, miR-34a expression in these cell populations inversely correlated with levels of Foxp1, an essential regulator of B-cell lymphopoiesis, which is directly repressed by miR-34a. We further show that islet-specific CD4+ T cells proliferated inefficiently when primed by NOD.B10 Idd9.3 B cells in vitro or in response to endogenous autoantigen in NOD.B10 Idd9.3 mice. Thus, Idd9.3-encoded miR-34a is a likely candidate in negatively regulating B-cell lymphopoiesis, which may contribute to inefficient expansion of islet-specific CD4+ T cells and to T1D protection in NOD.B10 Idd9.3 mice.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
European Journal of Immunology 06/2014; 44(6). DOI:10.1002/eji.201344116 · 4.52 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a complex genetic disease, resulting from the interplay of multiple insulin dependent diabetes loci (Idd) in both humans and nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice. NOD.B10 Idd9 congenic mice contain the Idd9 from T1D-resistant C57BL/10 mice, mediating significant T1D protection compared to NOD mice. However, the genes and the pathways by which Idd9 controls T1D development remain to be fully elucidated. We have developed novel NOD.B10 Idd9 congenic mice that harbor predominantly islet-specific CD4+ T cells expressing the BDC2.5 T cell receptor (BDC-Idd9.905 mice). To establish functional links between Idd9 genotype and its phenotype, we have performed microarray gene expression analyses of purified CD4+ T cells from these mice and BDC2.5 NOD control mice. We found that among the limited number of differentially expressed genes, those located within the Idd9 region were greatly enriched. Bioinformatics analyses identified Eno1, Rbbp4 and Mtor as differentially expressed Idd9 genes that were part of significant gene networks involved in T cell growth and development. Accordingly, antigen-specific proliferation and Th1 and Th17 responses between BDC-Idd9.905 and BDC2.5 splenocytes differed significantly and were impaired in BDC-Idd9.905 splenocytes. Our findings suggest that these Idd9 genes differentially control proliferation and differentiation of islet-specific CD4+ T cells in the two strains, which may contribute to their differential T1D development.
The Journal of Immunology 05/2014; 192(1 Supplement):63.18-63.18. · 5.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The nonobese diabetic (NOD) mouse spontaneously develops autoimmune diabetes after 12 weeks of age and is the most extensively studied animal model of human Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Cell transfer studies in irradiated recipient mice have established that T cells are pivotal in T1D pathogenesis in this model. We describe herein a simple method to rapidly induce T1D by adoptive transfer of purified, primary CD4+ T cells from pre-diabetic NOD mice transgenic for the islet-specific T cell receptor (TCR) BDC2.5 into NOD.SCID recipient mice. The major advantages of this technique are that isolation and adoptive transfer of diabetogenic T cells can be completed within the same day, irradiation of the recipients is not required, and a high incidence of T1D is elicited within 2 weeks after T cell transfer. Thus, studies of pathogenesis and therapeutic interventions in T1D can proceed at a faster rate than with methods that rely on heterogenous T cell populations or clones derived from diabetic NOD mice.
Journal of Visualized Experiments 01/2013; DOI:10.3791/50389 · 1.33 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that is mediated by myelin-reactive T cells resulting in CNS demyelination, however the mechanisms that control their activation are unclear. Mice that are transgenic for a myelin proteolipid protein (PLP)-specific TCR spontaneously develop experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the animal model of MS. They mimic the spontaneous onset of MS and thus offer the unique opportunity to investigate the mechanisms that may contribute to the development of spontaneous CNS autoimmunity. MyD88 is an adaptor protein that mediates signal transduction by TLRs, IL-1R and IL-18R, resulting in the activation of innate immune cells, including DCs. We investigated the requirement of MyD88 in the pathogenesis of spontaneous EAE in PLP TCR transgenic SJL mice. We show that genetic loss of MyD88 does not intrinsically preclude development of spontaneous EAE and autoimmune demyelination in these mice. EAE was associated with functionally mature peripheral DCs that promoted superior PLP-specific Th1 and Th17 responses compared to those from disease-free mice. Together, our data suggest that MyD88-independent innate immune signaling critically contributes to priming of myelin-reactive T cells and development of spontaneous EAE in MyD88-deficient PLP TCR transgenic mice.
Journal of neuroimmunology 12/2012; 255(1-2). DOI:10.1016/j.jneuroim.2012.11.004 · 2.79 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In T cell-mediated autoimmune diseases, self-reactive T cells with known antigen specificity appear to be particularly promising targets for antigen-specific induction of tolerance without compromising desired protective host immune responses. Several lines of evidence suggest that delivery of antigens to antigen-presenting dendritic cells (DCs) in the steady state (i.e., to immature DCs) may represent a suitable approach to induce antigen-specific T-cell tolerance peripherally. Here, we report that anti-DEC205-mediated delivery of the self-peptide proteolipid protein (PLP)139-151 to DCs ameliorated clinical symptoms in the PLP-induced SJL model of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Splenocytes from treated mice were anergized to PLP139-151, and IL-17 secretion was markedly reduced. Moreover, we show directly, using transgenic CD4(+) Vβ6(+) TCR T cells specific for PLP139-151, that, under the conditions of the present experiments, these cells also became anergic. In addition, evidence for a CD4(+) T cell-mediated suppressor mechanism was obtained.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 10/2010; 107(40):17280-5. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1010263107 · 9.81 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A central challenge for improving autoimmune therapy is preventing inflammatory pathology without inducing generalized immunosuppression.
T helper 17 (TH17) cells, characterized by their production of interleukin-17, have emerged as important and broad mediators of autoimmunity.
Here we show that the small molecule halofuginone (HF) selectively inhibits mouse and human TH17 differentiation by activating a cytoprotective signaling pathway, the amino acid starvation response (AAR). Inhibition
of TH17 differentiation by HF is rescued by the addition of excess amino acids and is mimicked by AAR activation after selective
amino acid depletion. HF also induces the AAR in vivo and protects mice from TH17-associated experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. These results indicate that the AAR pathway is a potent and selective
regulator of inflammatory T cell differentiation in vivo.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Autoimmune diseases are systemic or organ-specific disorders that are the result of an attack of the immune system against the body's own tissue. Development of autoimmune disease is generally avoided by distinct mechanisms that silence adaptive self-reactive T or B cells. The innate immune system is critically involved in the defense against pathogens and the induction of primary adaptive immune responses. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are key receptors that activate the innate immunity in response to pathogen recognition. Recent data show that activation of innate immune cells such as dendritic cells (DCs) can break this state of tolerance and induce autoimmunity by priming autoreactive T cells. Here we review recent examples of how innate immune responses influence the adaptive immunity in the induction or regulation of autoimmune disease.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Toll-like receptors (TLR) are pattern recognition receptors that are an essential feature of host defense against pathogens. Expression of TLR-4 on dendritic cells was reported to be required for initiation of experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM) but the mechanism by which TLR-4 signaling affects autoimmunity is incompletely understood. To determine the role of TLR-4 in EAM, wild type and TLR-4-/- mice were immunized with myosin peptide (614-629) in CFA. TLR-4-/- mice demonstrated decreased myosin specific proliferation and decreased production of INF-gamma and IL-2. Immunization with myosin induced greater severity of myocarditis in wild type compared to TLR-4-/- mice as evidenced by lesions in the myocardium. TcR Vbeta 8.1, 8.2+ CD4+ T cells, detected in lesions were isolated from splenocytes by flow cytometry and found to undergo increased apoptosis in TLR-4-/- mice. In situ immunohistochemistry showed increased colocalization of cleaved caspase 3 and TcR Vbeta 8.1, 8.2+ CD4+ T cells in TLR-4-/- mice compared to wild type. Increased apoptosis was associated with impaired activation of NF-kB p65 and decreased cell viability in the presence of TNF-alpha. These results demonstrate that infiltrating TcR Vbeta 8.1, 8.2+ CD4+ T cells are deleted by the mechanism of apoptosis in TLR-4-/- mice with EAM.
Journal of Autoimmunity 10/2008; 31(2):180-7. DOI:10.1016/j.jaut.2008.06.002 · 7.02 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Myelin proteolipid protein (PLP) 139-151 is an immunodominant peptide that induces experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in H-2(s) SJL/J mice. While PLP 139-151-specific TCR transgenic (tg) 4E3 mice develop fulminant spontaneous disease on the susceptible SJL/J background, spontaneous EAE is dramatically reduced on the H-2(s) congenic B10.S background. On this resistant background, we observed a high frequency of positively selected tg CD4-CD8- (DN) thymocytes and peripheral DN tg T cells. Splenic DN tg T cells responded to anti-CD3 stimulation similarly to CD4+ cells, but proliferative and cytokine responses to PLP 139-151 were blunted, implying that CD4 co-receptor down-regulation modulated T cell responses to the self-antigen in vitro. Adoptive transfer of tg DN CD3hi cells into RAG-deficient wild-type (WT) recipients induced EAE less efficiently than transfer of CD4+ T tg cells indicating the blunted responses of DN tg T cells to self-antigen in vivo. The frequency of tg DN T cells was irrespective of thymic expression of the autoantigen. These data implicate that down-regulation of CD4 co-receptor in the thymus, which is independent from the expression of thymic autoantigen, results in a blunted response to the autoantigen in the periphery and limits the incidence of spontaneous autoimmunity in genetically resistant mice bearing a large autoreactive tg T cell repertoire.
International Immunology 11/2007; 19(10):1235-48. DOI:10.1093/intimm/dxm094 · 3.18 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Inflammatory T cells that are reactive to myelin protein components of the CNS play a critical role in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS) and its animal model, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). The authors have previously generated mice that predominantly harbor T cells transgenic for a T-cell receptor (TCR) that is specific to the myelin proteolipid protein (PLP) 139-151 and that spontaneously develop MS-like paralysis. T cells from healthy transgenic mice respond to stimulation with PLP139-151 in a highly specific manner by proliferation and secretion of proinflammatory cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-2 and interferon (INF)-gamma in vitro. To identify druglike compounds that may inhibit inflammatory T-cell responses, the authors have developed a high-throughput screening assay with primary T cells from PLP TCR transgenic mice. They have screened 41,184 small-molecule compounds that follow Lipinski's rules for their inhibitory activity on the proliferation and secretion of proinflammatory cytokines in PLP-reactive T cells. To this end, the screen identified 6 nontoxic compounds with a molecular weight <500 that inhibited inflammatory responses in PLP-reactive T cells in a concentration-dependent fashion. The identified compounds represent valid leads that may be developed into novel therapeutics for MS that could be administered orally.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Several genetic insulin-dependent diabetes (Idd) intervals that confer resistance to autoimmune diabetes have been identified in mice and humans, but the mechanisms by which they protect against development of diabetes have not been elucidated. To determine the effect of Idd9 on the function of islet-specific T cells, we established novel BDC-Idd9 mice that harbor BDC2.5 TCR transgenic T cells containing the Idd9 of diabetes-resistant B10 mice. We show that the development and functional responses of islet-specific T cells from BDC-Idd9 mice are not defective compared with those from BDC mice, which contain the Idd9 of diabetes-susceptible NOD mice. Upon transfer, BDC T cells rapidly induced severe insulitis and diabetes in NOD.scid mice, whereas those from BDC-Idd9 mice mediated a milder insulitis and induced diabetes with a significantly delayed onset. BDC and BDC-Idd9 T cells expanded comparably in recipient mice. However, BDC-Idd9 T cells accumulated in splenic periarteriolar lymphatic sheaths, whereas BDC T cells were mainly found in pancreatic lymph nodes and pancreata of recipients, indicating that the transferred T cells differed in their homing. We provide evidence that the migration pattern of transferred BDC and BDC-Idd9 T cells at least partly depends on their differential chemotaxis toward the CCR7 ligand CCL19. Taken together, our data show that the Idd9 locus regulates development of type 1 diabetes by affecting the homing of islet-specific T cells.
The Journal of Immunology 06/2006; 176(9):5455-62. DOI:10.4049/jimmunol.176.9.5455 · 5.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Feeding myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) followed by immunization results in induction of oral tolerance evidenced by the amelioration of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Oral tolerization is characterized by the suppression of Th1 responses and up-regulation of Th2 responses and TGF-beta. To identify the costimulatory molecules and cell types involved in cytokine-mediated suppression we examined wild type mice and mice deficient for either CD86 (CD86-/-) or B cells (muMT). Oral tolerance was found in CD86-/- mice evidenced by amelioration of disease severity, decreased proliferative responses and IFN-gamma production and increased IL-4. TGF-beta was not up-regulated in CD86-/- or muMT mice but was increased in wild type mice. Analysis of the gut associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) of different mouse strains (C57BL/6 and PLJxSJL F1) fed distinct myelin antigens (MOG and myelin basic protein, MBP) showed that TGF-beta was increased in wild type mice of both strains by 3 days post-immunization and further increased with time. In contrast, no up-regulation of TGF-beta was found in the GALT of CD86-/- or muMT mice. These results demonstrate that CD86 is not required for oral tolerization and that both CD86 and B cells are important for the up-regulation of TGF-beta following oral antigen.
Journal of Autoimmunity 04/2006; 26(2):73-81. DOI:10.1016/j.jaut.2005.10.003 · 7.02 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The random amino acid copolymers FYAK and VWAK ameliorate EAE in a humanized mouse model expressing both a human transgenic myelin basic protein (MBP)85-99-specific T cell receptor and HLA-DR2. Here we show that microglia isolated from the central nervous system (CNS) of humanized mice with EAE induced by MBP85-99 and treated with these copolymers had reduced expression of HLA-DR, and thus reduced capacity to present MBP85-99 and activate transgenic T cells. In vitro microglia up-regulated empty HLA-DR2 upon activation with GM-CSF with or without LPS or IFN-gamma, but not with IL-4 or IL-10. Correspondingly, gene chip arrays showed that the CNS of untreated and YFAK-treated mice differentially expressed pro- and anti-inflammatory molecules during MBP85-99-induced EAE. Interestingly, microglia expressed the full-length gammabeta and alphabeta subunits of the tetrameric adaptor protein complexes AP-1 and AP-2 respectively, but after treatment with GM-CSF these complexes were cleaved, as had been found in immature dendritic cells derived from bone marrow. Strikingly, in vivo the perivascular lymphocyte infiltration seen in untreated mice immunized with MBP85-99 was composed of equal numbers of hVbeta2+ MPB85-99-specific transgenic and hVbeta2- endogenous T cells, while the much smaller infiltration seen after treatment with YFAK was composed predominantly of hVbeta2- endogenous T cells.
European Journal of Immunology 01/2006; 35(12):3683-93. DOI:10.1002/eji.200526121 · 4.52 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Female B10.S mice are highly resistant to proteolipid protein (PLP) 139-151-induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) and depletion of PLP 139-151-reactive CD4+CD25+ regulatory T (Treg) cells can slightly increase their EAE susceptibility. Although male B10.S mice are moderately susceptible to EAE, we report that depletion of Treg cells in male B10.S mice before immunization with PLP 139-151 renders them highly susceptible to severe EAE with more CNS neutrophil infiltrates than nondepleted controls. Increased susceptibility is associated with an enhanced PLP 139-151-specific T cell response and greater production of IFN-gamma, IL-6, and IL-17. Male CD4+CD25- effector cells depleted of Treg cells proliferate to a greater degree than those from females in response to either anti-CD3 or PLP 139-151. These data suggest that because of their capacity to regulate potent autoaggressive effector cells, Treg cells partly contribute to the resistance to autoimmunity in the male mice.
The Journal of Immunology 12/2005; 175(9):5591-5. DOI:10.4049/jimmunol.175.9.5591 · 5.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cross-reactive activation of potentially autoreactive T cells by high-affinity nonself ligands may be important in breaking self-tolerance in autoimmunity. In a mouse transgenic for a cross-reactive TCR, we have previously shown that a hyper-stimulating altered peptide ligand, L144, induced unresponsiveness to the self peptide, proteolipid protein 139-151. In this study, we demonstrate that a superagonist ligand can break T cell tolerance induced by the lower affinity cognate Ag. T cells tolerant to the cognate ligand, Q144, responded to superagonist, L144, by proliferation and the production of mainly IL-4 and IL-10 in vitro. In contrast, T cells that were tolerized to the superagonist were unable to respond to any peptide that cross-reacted with the transgenic TCR. Low-dose immunization with the superagonist L144 was able to break tolerance to the cognate ligand in vivo and resulted in a blunted proliferative response with production of Th2 cytokines.
The Journal of Immunology 09/2005; 175(3):1491-7. DOI:10.4049/jimmunol.175.3.1491 · 5.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To date, very few Ag-based regimens have been defined that could expand T regulatory (Treg) cells to reverse autoimmunity. Additional understanding of Treg function with respect to specificity and broad suppression should help overcome these limitations. Ig-proteolipid protein (PLP)1, an Ig carrying a PLP1 peptide corresponding to amino acid residues 139-151 of PLP, displayed potent tolerogenic functions and proved effective against experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE). In this study, we took advantage of the Ig-PLP1 system and the PLP1-specific TCR transgenic 5B6 mouse to define a regimen that could expand Ag-specific Treg cells in vivo and tested for effectiveness against autoimmunity involving diverse T cell specificities. The findings indicate that in vivo exposure to aggregated Ig-PLP1 drives PLP1-specific 5B6 TCR transgenic cells to evolve as Treg cells expressing CD25, CTLA-4, and Foxp3 and producing IL-10. These Treg cells were able to suppress PLP1 peptide-induced EAE in both SJL/J and F(1) (SJL/J x C57BL/6) mice. However, despite being effective against disease induced with a CNS homogenate, the Treg cells were unable to counter EAE induced by a myelin basic protein or a myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein peptide. Nevertheless, activation with Ag before transfer into the host mice supports suppression of both myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein- and myelin basic protein peptide-induced EAE. Thus, it is suggested that activation of Treg cells by the cognate autoantigen is necessary for operation of broad suppressive functions.
The Journal of Immunology 07/2005; 174(11):6772-80. DOI:10.4049/jimmunol.174.11.6772 · 5.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The newly identified TIM family of proteins is associated with regulation of T helper type 1 (T(H)1) and T(H)2 immune responses. TIM-1 is genetically linked to asthma and is a receptor for hepatitis A virus, but the endogenous ligand of TIM-1 is not known. Here we show that TIM-4, which is expressed by antigen-presenting cells, is the ligand for TIM-1. In vivo administration of either soluble TIM-1-immunoglobulin (TIM-1-Ig) fusion protein or TIM-4-Ig fusion protein resulted in hyperproliferation of T cells, and TIM-4-Ig costimulated T cell proliferation mediated by CD3 and CD28 in vitro. These data suggest that the TIM-1-TIM-4 interaction is involved in regulating T cell proliferation.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Chronic progression of two T cell-mediated central nervous system (CNS) demyelinating models of multiple sclerosis, relapsing EAE (R-EAE) and Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus-induced demyelinating disease (TMEV-IDD) is dependent on the activation of T cells to endogenous myelin epitopes (epitope spreading). Using transfer of carboxyfluorescein succinyl ester (CFSE)-labeled T-cell receptor (TCR)-transgenic T cells and mixed bone marrow chimeras, we show that activation of naive proteolipid protein (PLP)139-151-specific T cells in SJL mice undergoing PLP178-191-induced R-EAE or TMEV-IDD occurs directly in the CNS and not in the cervical lymph nodes or other peripheral lymphoid organs. Examination of the antigen-presentation capacity of antigen-presenting cell (APC) populations purified from the CNS of mice with PLP178-191-induced R-EAE shows that only F4/80-CD11c+CD45hi dendritic cells (DCs) efficiently present endogenous antigen to activate naive PLP139-151-specific T cells in vitro. In contrast, DCs as well as F4/80+CD45hi macrophages and F4/80+CD45lo microglia activate a PLP139-151-specific helper T cell line. The data suggest that naive T cells enter the inflamed CNS and are activated by local APCs, possibly DCs, to initiate epitope spreading.
Nature Medicine 04/2005; 11(3):335-9. DOI:10.1038/nm1202 · 28.05 Impact Factor