Comparison of allergic lung disease in three mouse strains after systemic or mucosal sensitization with ovalbumin antigen

Immunogenetics (Impact Factor: 2.23). 03/2009; 61(3):199-207. DOI: 10.1007/s00251-008-0353-8


Murine models of allergic lung disease have many similar traits to asthma in humans and can be used to investigate mechanisms
of allergic sensitization and susceptibility factors associated with disease severity. The purpose of this study was to determine
strain differences in allergic airway inflammation, immunoglobulin production, and changes in respiratory responses between
systemic and mucosal sensitization routes in BALB/cJ, FVB/NJ, and C57BL/6J, and to provide correlations between immune and
pathophysiological endpoints. After a single intranasal ovalbumin (OVA) challenge, all three strains of mice systemically
sensitized with OVA and adjuvant exhibited higher airflow limitation than non-sensitized mice. No changes were seen in mice
that were pre-sensitized via the nose with OVA. Systemic sensitization resulted in an elevated response to methacholine (MCH)
in BALB/cJ and FVB/NJ mice and elevated total and OVA-specific IgE levels and pulmonary eosinophils in all three strains.
The mucosal sensitization and challenge produced weaker responses in the same general pattern with the C57BL/6J strain producing
less serum IgE, IL5, IL13, and eosinophils in lung fluid than the other two strains. The converse was found for IL6 where
the C57BL/6J mice had more than twice the amount of this cytokine. The results show that the FVB/NJ and BALB/cJ mice are higher
Th2-responders than the C57BL/6J mice and that the levels of pulmonary eosinophilia and cytokines did not fully track with
MCH responsiveness. These differences illustrate the need to assess multiple endpoints to provide clearer associations between
immune responses and type and severity of allergic lung disease.

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