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Innate and adaptive immunity in childhood celiac disease
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Celiac disease (CD) is an inflammatory small-bowel enteropathy caused by a permanent intolerance to wheat gluten and related proteins in rye and barley. Even though the disease originate from the small intestine the clinical symptoms varies in affected individuals and are often different in small children compared to adolescents and adults. Susceptibility to develop the disease is strongly associated with certain genetic factors i.e. HLADQ2/DQ8 but it is undoubtedly that additional inherited and environmental factors are involved. As specific T lymphocyte reactions are central in the pathogenesis of CD, six key cytokine messenger RNA levels in intestinal intraepithelial and lamina propria T lymphocytes (IEL, LPL), retrieved from small intestinal biopsies, were determined by using quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RTPCR). Levels of cytokines, small secreted proteins which mediate and regulate immunity, in children with active disease were compared with that of treated children and controls. Interferon (IFN)-γ and interleukin (IL)-10 were also determined at the protein level by immunohistochemistry. Active celiac disease was characterized by distortions in cytokine expression, with highly significant increases of IFN-γ and IL-10 but no concomitant increases in tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1), or IL-2 and no induction of IL-4. A marked shift of IFN-γ and IL-10 production from LPLs to IELs was characteristic of active celiac disease, and as many as one fourth of the IELs expressed IFN-γ. IELs in treated, symptom-free celiac patients still had increased IFN-γ levels compared with controls. In CD, gluten intake seems to cause an overreaction in IELs, with uncontrolled production of IFN-γ and IL-10 which may cause both recruitment of more IELs and a leaky epithelium, leading to a vicious circle with amplified immune activity and establishment of the intestinal lesion. In order to determine different IEL subsets contribution of the produced cytokines, γδIELs, CD4+αβIELs, and CD8+αβIELs as well as CD94+CD8+αβIELs and CD94CD8+αβIELs of children with active CD and children with no food-intolerance were analyzed for cytokine mRNA expression levels by RT-PCR. In active CD, CD8+αβIELs had the highest expression levels of IFN-γ- and IL-10 mRNA and constituted the cellular source for almost all IFN-γ and a large fraction of the IL-10. Expression levels of these two cytokines correlated and were higher in CD94-CD8+αβIELs than CD94+CD8+αβIELs CD4+αβIELs had the highest expression levels of TNF-α and despite the small number of this cell subset they contributed with half of the small amounts of this cytokine. Interestingly, TNF-α levels correlated with IL-10 in CD4+αβIELs. γδIELs had the lowest expression levels of IFN-γ, TNF-α, IL-10, and TGF-β1. Essentially no IL-2 mRNA was detected in the three IEL subpopulations. “Classical” CD8+CD94-αβT cells in the epithelial compartment are responsible for most of the excessive production of proinflammatory IFN-γ. The question whether an impaired extrathymic T cell maturation and/or capacity for secondary T cell receptor (TCR) gene recombination in iIELs is a contributing factor to CD was addressed. Expression levels of recombination activating gene-1 (RAG1) and the pre T α-chain (preTα) mRNAs were determined in IEL T cell lineage subsets of children with CD and controls. In controls, RAG1 was expressed in both mature (TCRγδ+ and TCRαβ+) and immature (CD2+CD7+TCR-) IELs while preTα was expressed preferentially in immature IELs. The RAG1 splice form selectively expressed outside thymus (RAG1 1A/2) as well as preTα were significantly decreased in CD patients both in active and inactive disease suggesting a deteriorated capacity of de novo TCR gene rearrangement in local T cell development and / or of secondary TCR gene rearrangement during editing or antigen-driven revision. This may lead to an imbalance between thymus- and gut derived T lymphocytes in the intestinal mucosa with consequent inefficient regulation of T cell responses against food antigens. Innate or nonspecific immunity is the first line, immediate defense against pathogens mediated by the epithelial cells in the intestine (IECs). As certain adaptive immune reaction in CD mimics that of intestinal infections, aberrant innate immune reaction could be a contributing factor to CD. Therefore jejunal biopsies were screened for bacteria and the innate immune status of the epithelium was investigated. Bacteria were freqently (40%) associated with the mucosa of children with active but also treated disease (20%) compared to controls (2%). Lack of antimicrobial factors such as mucins, proteins forming protective biofilm on the IECs, defensins and lysozym, peptides and enzymes with antibacterial effects, could not explain the presence of bacteria. If anything, mucin-2 (MUC2), α-defensins, HD-5, HD-6, and lysozyme mRNA levels were increased in epithelial cells in active CD, returning to normal levels in treated CD. Their expression levels correlated to the IFN-γ mRNA levels in IELs. Analysis of beta defensins, hBD-1 and hBD-2 as well as carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) cell adhesion molecule 1a (CECAM1a), glycoproteins in the glycocalyx with ability to bind micro organisms, were not affected by the disease. Lectin staining by histochemistry revealed that goblet cells were stained by UEA1 in CD both active and treated but not in controls. The opposite pattern was seen for the lectin PNA where staining was seen in controls in the glycocalyx layer but not in CD. Thus altered glycocalyx/mucous layer may promote bacterial adhesion in CD.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2006. , 69 p.
Series
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1054
National Category
Immunology in the medical area
Research subject
Immunology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-874ISBN: 91-7264-162-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-874DiVA: diva2:144835
Public defence
2006-10-06, Astrid Fagreussalen, 6A, NUS, Umeå, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2006-09-25 Created: 2006-09-25 Last updated: 2013-03-25Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Paradoxical coexpression of proinflammatory and down-regulatory cytokines in intestinal T cells in childhood celiac disease
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2002 (English)In: Gastroenterology, ISSN 0016-5085, E-ISSN 1528-0012, Vol. 123, no 3, 667-678 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-5342 (URN)10.1053/gast.2002.35355 (DOI)12198691 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2006-09-25 Created: 2006-09-25 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
2. Presence of bacteria and innate immunity of intestinal epithelium in childhood celiac disease
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2004 (English)In: American Journal of Gastroenterology, ISSN 0002-9270, E-ISSN 1572-0241, Vol. 99, no 5, 894-904 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVES: Exposure to gliadin and related prolamins and appropriate HLA-DQ haplotype are necessary but not sufficient for contracting celiac disease (CD). Aberrant innate immune reactions could be contributing risk factors. Therefore, jejunal biopsies were screened for bacteria and the innate immune status of the epithelium investigated.

METHODS: Children with untreated, treated, challenged CD, and controls were analyzed. Bacteria were identified by scanning electron microscopy. Glycocalyx composition and mucin and antimicrobial peptide production were studied by quantitative RT-PCR, antibody and lectin immunohistochemistry.

RESULTS: Rod-shaped bacteria were frequently associated with the mucosa of CD patients, with both active and inactive disease, but not with controls. The lectin Ulex europaeus agglutinin I (UEAI) stained goblet cells in the mucosa of all CD patients but not of controls. The lectin peanut agglutinin (PNA) stained glycocalyx of controls but not of CD patients. mRNA levels of mucin-2 (MUC2), alpha-defensins HD-5 and HD-6, and lysozyme were significantly increased in active CD and returned to normal in treated CD. Their expression levels correlated to the interferon-gamma mRNA levels in intraepithelial lymphocytes. MUC2, HD-5, and lysozyme proteins were seen in absorptive epithelial cells. beta-defensins hBD-1 and hBD-2, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), CEA cell adhesion molecule-1a (CEACAM1a), and MUC3 were not affected.

CONCLUSIONS: Unique carbohydrate structures of the glycocalyx/mucous layer are likely discriminating features of CD patients. These glycosylation differences could facilitate bacterial adhesion. Ectopic production of MUC2, HD-5, and lysozyme in active CD is compatible with goblet and Paneth cell metaplasia induced by high interferon-gamma production by intraepithelial lymphocytes.

National Category
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-21221 (URN)10.1111/j.1572-0241.2004.04157.x (DOI)15128357 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2009-04-07 Created: 2009-04-07 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
3. Concomitant increase of IL-10 and pro-inflammatory cytokines in intraepithelial lymphocyte subsets in celiac disease.
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2007 (English)In: International Immunology, ISSN 0953-8178, E-ISSN 1460-2377, Vol. 19, no 8, 993-1001 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Celiac disease (CD) is a small intestinal enteropathy caused by permanent intolerance to wheat gluten. Active disease is characterized by a prominent cytokine response of intraepithelial lymphocytes (IELs) to gluten-containing diet with concomitant increase in expression of pro-inflammatory IFN-gamma and down-regulatory IL-10 without increase in tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) or transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1). The aim was to understand the local immune reaction by determining which intraepithelial T cell subsets produce the different cytokines. The three major IEL-subsets gammadeltaIELs, CD4(+)alphabetaIELs and CD8(+)alphabetaIELs, as well as CD94(+)CD8(+)alphabetaIELs, selectively expanded in active CD, were retrieved from small intestinal biopsies of children with active CD and controls and analyzed quantitatively for cytokine mRNA expression. In active CD, CD8(+)alphabetaIELs showed a significant increase in expression levels of both IFN-gamma and IL-10. CD8(+)alphabetaIELs were also the IEL subset with highest expression level per cell of both cytokines and constituted the cellular source for almost all IFN-gamma and most IL-10. Expression levels of both cytokines were higher in CD94(-)CD8(+)alphabetaIELs than CD94(+)CD8(+)alphabetaIELs. TNF-alpha levels were only increased in CD4(+)alphabetaIELs, which also showed the highest expression level per cell and constituted the major source of this cytokine. Interestingly, IL-10 was increased also in CD4(+)alphabetaIELs. Cytokine levels were low in gammadeltaIELs. 'Classical' CD94(-)CD8(+)alphabeta T cells within the epithelium are responsible for the excessive production of IFN-gamma, believed to drive the formation of intestinal lesions in active CD. Production of IL-10 may be a common feature of IELs producing pro-inflammatory cytokines, thereby attempting to limit inflammation in an autocrine fashion.

National Category
Immunology
Research subject
Immunology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-21120 (URN)10.1093/intimm/dxm077 (DOI)17660501 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2009-04-06 Created: 2009-04-02 Last updated: 2017-12-13
4. Aberrant extrathymic T cell receptor gene rearrangement in the small intestinal mucosa: a risk factor for coeliac disease?
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2009 (English)In: Gut, ISSN 0017-5749, E-ISSN 1468-3288, Vol. 58, no 2, 189-195 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Coeliac disease is a small intestine enteropathy caused by permanent intolerance to wheat gluten. Gluten intake by patients with coeliac disease provokes a strong reaction by intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes (IELs), which normalises on a gluten-free diet. AIM: To investigate whether impaired extrathymic T cell maturation and/or secondary T cell receptor (TCR) gene recombination in IELs are features of coeliac disease which could contribute to the failure of establishing tolerance to gluten.

METHODS: Expression levels of the four splice-forms of recombination activating gene-1 (RAG1) mRNA and preT alpha-chain (preTalpha) mRNA were determined in IEL-subsets of children with coeliac disease and controls. Frequencies of RAG1 expressing IELs were determined by immunomorphometry.

RESULTS: In controls, the RAG1-1A/2 splice-form selectively expressed outside the thymus, was dominant and expressed in both mature (TCR(+)) and immature (CD2(+)CD7(+)TCR(-)) IELs ( approximately 8 mRNA copies/18S rRNA U). PreTalpha was expressed almost exclusively in CD2(+)CD7(+)TCR(-) IELs ( approximately 40 mRNA copies/18S rRNA U). By contrast, RAG1 and preTalpha mRNA levels were low in patients with coeliac disease compared to controls, both with active disease and with inactive, symptom-free disease on a gluten-free diet (p values <0.01 for mature and <0.05 for immature IELs). Similarly, the frequencies of RAG1+ IELs were significantly lower in patients with coeliac disease compared to controls (p<0.001).

CONCLUSIONS: Patients with coeliac disease appear to have an impaired capacity for extrathymic TCR gene rearrangement. This is an inherent feature, which probably plays a pivotal role in the failure to efficiently downregulate the T cell response to gluten.

National Category
Immunology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-21080 (URN)10.1136/gut.2007.125526 (DOI)18299319 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2009-04-06 Created: 2009-04-02 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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