Cutting Edge: Activation of Toll-Like Receptor 2 Induces a Th2 Immune Response and Promotes Experimental Asthma

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
The Journal of Immunology (Impact Factor: 4.92). 04/2004; 172(5):2739-43. DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.172.5.2739
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Recognition of microbial components by APCs and their activation through Toll-like receptors (TLR) leads to the induction of adaptive immune responses. In this study, we show that activation of TLR2 by its synthetic ligand Pam3Cys, in contrast to activation of TLR9 by immunostimulatory DNA (ISS-ODN), induces a prominent Th2-biased immune response. Activation of APCs by Pam3Cys resulted in the induction of Th2-associated effector molecules like IL-13, and IL-1beta, GM-CSF and up-regulation of B7RP-1, but low levels of Th1-associated cytokines (IL-12, IFNalpha, IL-18, IL-27). Accordingly, TLR2 ligands aggravated experimental asthma. These data indicate that the type of TLR stimulation during the initial phase of immune activation determines the polarization of the adaptive immune response and may play a role in the initiation of Th2-mediated immune disorders, such as asthma.

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Available from: Hans Haecker, Jan 08, 2014
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    • "At the same time, TLRs contribute to commence adaptive response by favoring the activation of DCs and other APCs, T-cell priming, selective recruitment/differentiation/ regulation of helper (Th) cells, development/modulation of regulatory and effector T cells, as well as regulation of NK and B cells (Kubo et al., 2004; Pasare and Medzhitov, 2005; Meyer- Bahlburg et al., 2007; Kumar et al., 2008). From epidemiologic studies, reduced early-life exposure to infections contributes to a selective Th1/Th2 switch towards Th2 phenotype (leading to allergic symptoms), implying that infections induce Th1- biased immuno-responsiveness, which in turn protects host from diseases fueled by Th2-biased immune regulation (Eisenbarth et al., 2002; Dabbagh and Lewis, 2003; Redecke et al., 2004). Improved/excessive hygiene, vaccination and improper use of antibiotics (representative of industrialized countries) might favor this imbalance. "
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    • "Therefore, LPS contaminated ASD may cause aggravation of allergic lung inflammation. Previous reports have demonstrated that co-treatment of TLR2-ligand Pam3Cys and OVA activated an OVA-associated Th2-biased immune response in experimental asthma [23]. Therefore, ultra-pure LPS was used in this study because the LPS made commercially is contaminated with TLR2-ligands. "
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    • "Immunization with OVA and a TLR2 agonist (Pam3Cys) induced Th2 immune responses such as the production of antigen-specific IgE in the serum, and IL-13 secretion by splenocytes.27 TLR2 activation promoted airway hyperresponsiveness.27 Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) increased lung inflammation, airway hyperresponsiveness, and antigen-specific Th2 responses in OVA-sensitized mice through the TLR3-TRIF (Toll/IL-1R domain-containing adaptor-inducing IFN-β) pathway.28 In contrast, intranasal administration of the TLR7 agonist, R848, suppressed experimental asthma by inducing type ? "
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