Enteroviruses in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes. Semin Immunopathol

Department of Virology, Medical School, University of Tampere, Biokatu 10, FIN-33520, Tampere, Finland.
Seminars in Immunopathology (Impact Factor: 7.75). 01/2011; 33(1):45-55. DOI: 10.1007/s00281-010-0207-y
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The question if enteroviruses could cause beta-cell damage and type 1 diabetes has become more and more relevant when recent studies have provided new evidence supporting this scenario. One important observation is the recent discovery of IFIH1 as a risk gene for type 1 diabetes. This gene is an innate immune system receptor for enteroviruses offering one possible mechanism for the diabetogenic effect of enteroviruses. This is further emphasized by the observations suggesting that the innate immune system is activated in the pancreatic islets of type 1 diabetic patients and that the innate immune system is important for the defense against the virus and for the regulation of adaptive immune system. Important progress has also been gained in studies analyzing pancreas tissue for possible presence of enteroviruses. Several studies have found enteroviruses in the pancreatic islets of type 1 diabetic patients using various methods. The virus seems to be located in the islets while exocrine pancreas is mostly uninfected. One recent study found the virus in the intestinal mucosa in the majority of diabetic patients. Enteroviruses can also infect cultured human pancreatic islets causing either rapid cell destruction or a persistent-like noncytolytic infection. Combined with all previous, epidemiological findings indicating the risk effect of enteroviruses in cross-sectional and prospective studies, these observations fit to a scenario where certain diabetogenic enterovirus variants establish persistent infection in gut mucosa and in the pancreatic islets. This in turn could lead to a local inflammation and the breakdown of tolerance in genetically susceptible individuals. This is also supported by mouse experiments showing that enteroviruses can establish prolonged infection in the pancreas and intestine, and some virus strains cause beta-cell damage and diabetes. In conclusion, recent studies have strengthened the hypothesis that enteroviruses play a role in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes. These findings open also new opportunities to explore the underlying mechanism and get closer to causal relationship.

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    • "Identification and confirmation of environmental triggers remains a formidable challenge[1,2]. Several viruses are suspected to be involved in the development of type 1 diabetes, in particular picornaviruses34567. The genus Cardiovirus (family picornaviridae) includes encephalomyocarditis virus (ECMV) and Theilovirus species. "
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    • "The most common tissue specific localization of the enteroviral infection is the central nervous system, resulting in aseptic meningitis, or much more rarely, in encephalitis . Some enteroviruses may manifest tropism to other definite tissues like the cardiotropic coxsackieviruses or those viruses affecting the pancreatic beta cells, but the tropism is neither unique, nor specific (Archard, 1987; Tauriainen, 2011). Disseminated infection can lead to exanthema, non-specific myalgias or severe multiorgan disease in neonates (Morens, 1995). "
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    • "Accumulating evidence strongly suggests the contribution of enteroviruses , which belong to the picornavirus group, to the elevated risk of diabetes (Tauriainen et al., 2011; Oikarinen et al., 2011; Tanaka et al., 2009). Since resistance to picornavirus infection has been shown to be dependent on innate immunity (Ida-Hosonuma et al., 2005; Takeuchi and Akira, 2009), the molecules regulating innate immune responses are candidates for determining susceptibility to virus-induced diabetes (Kounoue et al., 2008; Nagafuchi et al., 2013). "
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