Estrogen and brain inflammation: Effects on microglial expression of MHC, costimulatory molecules and cytokines

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Kentucky, MN 222 Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY 40536-0298, USA.
Journal of Neuroimmunology (Impact Factor: 2.47). 05/2005; 161(1-2):123-36. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneuroim.2004.12.016
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To model the effects of estrogen on adaptive immunity in the brain, we examined the effects of 17beta-estradiol on microglial parameters related to antigen presentation and T cell activation. Specifically, the effects of 17beta-estradiol on basal and LPS-induced surface staining of Class I and II MHC, as well as CD40, CD80, CD86, CD152, CD28, CD8, CD11b, Fas, FasL, and also ERalpha and ERbeta, were examined in N9 microglial cells. Additionally, the effects of 17beta-estradiol on basal and LPS-induced release of cytokines (TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma, IL-2, IL-4, and IL-10) were determined. Data indicate that estrogen increases IL-10 while decreasing TNFalpha and IFNgamma release from resting and LPS-stimulated N9 cells. Additionally, LPS-induced surface staining of MHC Class I, CD40, and CD86 was significantly attenuated by estrogen pretreatment. The basal percentage of cells positive for MHC Class I and II, CD40, and CD152, Fas, and FasL was significantly decreased by estrogen exposure. However, CD8, CD86, CD11b, and CD28 were unaffected by estrogen, and CD80 cell surface staining significantly increased following estrogen exposure. Taken together, these data indicate that estrogen can significantly decrease components of adaptive immunity in microglial cells, and highlight the multi-faceted regulatory effects of estrogen on microglial parameters related to antigen presentation and T cell interaction.

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    • "In contrast to this however, Dimayuga et al. showed a significant attenuation of basal and surface staining of CD40 in microglial cells [15]. As several cohort studies demonstrated, smoking is one of the main risk factor for atherosclerosis and thrombosis and is associated with proinflammatory and prothrombotic responses [16] [17] [18]. "
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    • "3.4. Estradiol correlates with hippocampal microglial gene expression Given the reported modulating effects of estradiol on microglia activation (Dimayuga et al., 2005; Loram et al., 2012; Soucy et al., 2005), a multiple linear regression analysis was used to determine the extent to which circulating estradiol, stress, and LPS treatment predicted hippocampal CD11b gene expression among females. "
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    • "Microglia cell lines cannot be regarded as reliable model system to study microglia action due to conflicting differences in their physiological properties [143] [144] [164]. This also applies to steroid effects and signaling where both types of classical nuclear estrogen receptors are expressed by N9 microglia [143], whereas only estrogen receptor-␤ is expressed in the BV-2 cell line [144] "
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