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Title: Enhanced autoimmune arthritis in IFN-gamma receptor-deficient mice is conditioned by mycobacteria in Freund's adjuvant and by increased expansion of Mac-1+ myeloid cells
Authors: Matthys, Patrick ×
Vermeire, Kurt
Mitera, T
Heremans, Hubertine
Huang, S
Schols, Dominique
Peeters, Christiane
Billiau, Alfons #
Issue Date: Sep-1999
Series Title: Journal of Immunology vol:163 issue:6 pages:3503-10
Abstract: Induction of experimental autoimmune diseases often relies on immunization with the organ-specific autoantigens in CFA, which contains heat-killed mycobacteria. In several of these models, including collagen-induced arthritis, endogenous IFN-gamma acts as a disease-limiting factor in the pathogenesis of the disease. Here we show that in collagen-induced arthritis the protective effect of IFN-gamma depends on the presence of mycobacteria in the adjuvant. Omission of mycobacteria inverts the role of endogenous IFN-gamma to a disease-promoting factor. Thus, the mycobacterial component of CFA opens a pathway by which endogenous IFN-gamma exerts a protective effect that supersedes its otherwise disease-promoting effect. Extramedullary hemopoiesis and expansion of the Mac-1+ cell population accompanied the accelerated and more severe disease course in the IFN-gamma receptor knockout mice immunized with CFA. Treatment of such mice with Abs against the myelopoietic cytokines IL-6 or IL-12 inhibited both disease development and the expansion of the Mac-1+ population. We postulate that mycobacteria in CFA stimulate the expansion of the Mac-1+ cell population by a hemopoietic process that is restrained by endogenous IFN-gamma. These results have important implications for the validity of animal models of autoimmunity to study the pathogenesis and to evaluate cytokine-based therapy of autoimmune diseases.
ISSN: 0022-1767
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Immunobiology (Rega Institute)
Laboratory of Virology and Chemotherapy (Rega Institute)
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