Blockade of Chronic Type I Interferon Signaling to Control Persistent LCMV Infection

Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics and the UCLA AIDS Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.
Science (Impact Factor: 33.61). 04/2013; 340(6129):202-7. DOI: 10.1126/science.1235208
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Type I interferons (IFN-I) are critical for antiviral immunity; however, chronic IFN-I signaling is associated with hyperimmune activation and disease progression in persistent infections. We demonstrated in mice that blockade of IFN-I signaling diminished chronic immune activation and immune suppression, restored lymphoid tissue architecture, and increased immune parameters associated with control of virus replication, ultimately facilitating clearance of the persistent infection. The accelerated control of persistent infection induced by blocking IFN-I signaling required CD4 T cells and was associated with enhanced IFN-γ production. Thus, we demonstrated that interfering with chronic IFN-I signaling during persistent infection redirects the immune environment to enable control of infection.

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    • "Insights into this innate immunity-driven immunopathology provide a paradigm for infection-associated tissue damage by uncovering the redox system as a crucial effector downstream of the IFN-driven innate immune response. This establishes a molecular connection between cellular homeostasis, metabolism , and tissue damage in the context of viral infection and adds to the ongoing efforts to understand the pleiotropic antiviral and immunomodulatory effects of IFN-I (McNab et al., 2015; Schoggins et al., 2011; Teijaro et al., 2013; Wilson et al., 2013). "
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    ABSTRACT: Tissue damage caused by viral hepatitis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Using a mouse model of viral hepatitis, we identified virus-induced early transcriptional changes in the redox pathways in the liver, including downregulation of superoxide dismutase 1 (Sod1). Sod1(-/-) mice exhibited increased inflammation and aggravated liver damage upon viral infection, which was independent of T and NK cells and could be ameliorated by antioxidant treatment. Type I interferon (IFN-I) led to a downregulation of Sod1 and caused oxidative liver damage in Sod1(-/-) and wild-type mice. Genetic and pharmacological ablation of the IFN-I signaling pathway protected against virus-induced liver damage. These results delineate IFN-I mediated oxidative stress as a key mediator of virus-induced liver damage and describe a mechanism of innate-immunity-driven pathology, linking IFN-I signaling with antioxidant host defense and infection-associated tissue damage. VIDEO ABSTRACT.
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    • "On the one hand, IFN-I is clearly antiviral, and it can influence the very early viral replication that can affect the course of persistent infection [4]. On the other hand, it induces programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) and interleukin IL-10 and thereby drives CD8 þ Tcell exhaustion [1] [2]. Therefore limited production of IFN-I in the presence of highly activated CD8 þ T cells results in severe immunopathology [5]. "
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    • "Some studies suggest that local cytokine exposure during infection might play a polarizing role on naive CD4 + T cells toward a certain T helper (Th) cell subset upon subsequent coinfection with a secondary pathogen (Perona-Wright et al., 2010). Other studies suggest that elevated cytokine concentrations might play a role in propagating the exhaustion that occurs during chronic infections (Teijaro et al., 2013; Wilson et al., 2013). Immune stimulatory therapies are being increasingly successfully applied as cancer treatments. "
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