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Gut inflammation in mice triggers proliferation and function of mucosal foxp3(+) regulatory T cells but impairs their conversion from CD4(+) T cells

  • Boschetti, Gilles
  • Kanjarawi, Reem
  • Bardel, Emilie
  • Collardeau-Frachon, Sophie
  • Duclaux-Loras, Remi
  • Moro-Sibilot, Ludovic
  • Almeras, Thibaut
  • Flourié, Bernard
  • Nancey, Stephane
  • Kaiserlian, Dominique
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2017
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Background and Aims: Regulatory Foxp3(+) CD4(+) T cells [Tregs] have been implicated in the control of colitis in T-cell transfer models, yet their ability to regulate colitis induced by innate immunity and the impact of gut inflammation on their fate and function have been poorly documented.Methods: Colitis was induced by dextran sodium sulphate in DEREG transgenic mice. Tregs ablation and transfer experiments showd that Tregs could limit the severity of colitis in B6 mice.Results: Gut inflammation resulted in increased number of Tregs in mesenteric lymph nodes [MLN] and colon lamina propria [LP], although their frequency decreased due to massive concomitant leukocyte infiltration. This coincided at both sites with a dramatic increase in Ki67(+) Tregs which retained proliferative capacity. Gut inflammation resulted in enhanced suppressive function of Tregs in colon lamina propria and neuropillin-1-[NRP1-] Treg in MLN. Real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis and flow cytometry [using IL10-egfp-reporter mice] showed that compared with NRP1(+) Treg, NRP1-Treg express higher levels of IL-10 transcripts and were enriched in IL10-expressing cells both in the steady state and during colitis. Moreover, Treg conversion in vivo from from naive CD4(+) T cells or Treg precursors was impaired in colitic mice. Finally, gut inflammation caused a decrease in intestinal dendritic cells, affecting both CD103(+) CD11b(+) and CD103(+) CD11b-subsets and affected their Treg conversion capacity.Conclusions: Together, our data indicate that non-specific colon inflammation triggers proliferation and suppressive function of Tregs in the lamina propria and MLN, but impairs their de novo conversion from CD4(+) T cells by intestinal dendritic cells.

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