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Mechanisms in inflammatory demyelinating diseases of the nervous system: immunological and methodological aspects
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Clinical Immunology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The diseases studied in this thesis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Polyneuropathy associated with monoclonal gammopathy of uncertain significance (PNMGUS), are of autoimmune origin with myelin components as putative auto antigens. T cells are important for the pathogenesis, as well as the cytokine network and autoantibodies. For all of these diseases, the immunopathogenisis is not fully understood and even if there are treatments available, none of them are curative and there are side effects. Thus there is a need for further clues in the immune mechanisms. Contrary to PNMGUS and MS, GBS is generally self-limiting. The mechanisms of the beneficial effect of interferon-beta (IFN-ß) treatment in MS are not fully understood, (although alterations in the cytokine levels are subject to many reports). In PNMGUS, the proliferation of a monoclonal B cell clone and its antibody production are of great significance, however additional immune mechanisms are also of interest like the role of T cells and the role of B cells as antigen presenting cells.

In studies of cytokines, frozen cells are often used, sometimes for practical reasons, so also in this thesis. Therefore effects of cryopreservation on cellular expression/secretion of cytokines were studied. The expression before compared to after cryopreservation of IFN-γ, IL-4, IL-5, IL-9, IL-10 and IL-13 was analysed with ELISA, ELISPOT and/or real time RT-PCR We found that the process of cryopreservation and thawing does affect the expression of cytokines, both at the protein and the mRNA level. The most consistent fmding was that expression of IL-4 was generally decreased in spontaneous and auto-antigen/allergen induced expression in cryopreserved cells. Thus, this study points out the importance of investigation of the effects of freezing for each cytokine, stimuli and patient group before using frozen cells in studies of in vitro cytokine secretion.

The secretion of IL-4, IFN-γ, TGF-ß, IL-6, and TNF-α during the course of GBS was analysed with ELISPOT and cell-ELISA. Our findings indicate a down-regulatory role for TGF-ß and IL-4 in GBS.

The longitudinal effects over one year of IFN-ß treatment on secretion of IL-4, IFN-γ and IL-10 was analysed with the ELISPOT technique and IL-13 and IL-17 was analysed in cell supernatants with ELISA. A general finding was that surprisingly few changes occurred, and that most changes occurred early (6 weeks - 3 months). However, we found a shift in the cytokine balance towards more IL-4 and IL-10 secretion and/or less IFN-γ secretion during the treatment as the ratios of IL-4/IFN-γ as well as of IL-10/IFN-γ were increased. The interesting pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-17, associated with T cell mediated autoimmunity, has not been previously investigated during IFN-ß treatment in MS and our findings of decreased IL-17 levels after one year of treatment could be a beneficial result of the IFN-ß treatment.

B cell clones from a patient with PNMGUS were successfully established by isolating B cells with myelin protein zero (P0) coated magnetic beads and subsequently transforming with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). The clones were characterised and for instance they strongly expressed HLA-DR and CD80, compatible with antigen-presenting properties. The cell lines may provide useful tools in studies of PNMGUS.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2005. , 86 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 892
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-24541Local ID: 6700ISBN: 91-85299-02-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-24541DiVA: diva2:244862
Public defence
2005-05-04, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2012-10-03Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Effect of cryopreservation on expression of Th1 and Th2 cytokines in blood mononuclear cells from patients with different cytokine profiles, analysed with three common assays: an overall decrease of interleukin-4: An overall decrease of interleukin-4
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Effect of cryopreservation on expression of Th1 and Th2 cytokines in blood mononuclear cells from patients with different cytokine profiles, analysed with three common assays: an overall decrease of interleukin-4: An overall decrease of interleukin-4
2004 (English)In: Cryobiology, ISSN 0011-2240, E-ISSN 1090-2392, Vol. 49, no 2, 157-168 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Studies on cytokine expression in blood cells are commonly performed on cryopreserved cells. Previous studies show that cryopreservation affects cytokine expression, but the findings are not consistent. This may be due to divergent effects of freezing on different cytokines, different stimuli, and different patient groups or to the use of different assays in the studies. This study was designed to investigate the effect of freezing on spontaneous, auto-antigen, allergen, and mitogen induced cytokine secretion from peripheral blood mononuclear cells from several groups of patients expressing different cytokine profiles; multiple sclerosis, atopic children, non-atopic children, and pregnant women. The expression of IFN-γ, IL-4, IL-5, IL-9, IL-10, and IL-13 was analysed with ELISA, ELISPOT and/or real time RT-PCR. Our data provide evidence that the process of cryopreservation and thawing does affect the expression of cytokines, both at the protein and the mRNA level. Moreover, the effect varied among different cytokines, different stimuli, and different patient groups, which partly may be explained by differences in optimal freezing conditions for non-activated and activated cells. An increase of allergen and PHA stimulated IFN-γ secretion in atopic children was found following cryopreservation, but no such increase in auto-antigen induced IFN-γ was seen in MS-patients. The most consistent finding was that expression of IL-4 was generally decreased in spontaneous and auto-antigen/allergen induced expression in cryopreserved cells. In conclusion, this study points out the importance of investigation of the effects of freezing for each cytokine, stimuli and patient group before using frozen cells in studies of in vitro cytokine secretion.

Keyword
Cryopreservation, cytokine, IL-4, ELISA, ELISPOT, Real time RT-PCR
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-22345 (URN)10.1016/j.cryobiol.2004.06.003 (DOI)1546 (Local ID)1546 (Archive number)1546 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
2. Elevated number of cells secreting transforming growth factor β in Guillain-Barré syndrome
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Elevated number of cells secreting transforming growth factor β in Guillain-Barré syndrome
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2003 (English)In: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica (APMIS), ISSN 0903-4641, E-ISSN 1600-0463, Vol. 111, no 12, 1095-1104 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We used ELISPOT and cell ELISA to study secretion of IL-4, IFN-γ, TGF-β, IL-6, and TNF-α by circulating mononuclear cells during the course of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). Compared to healthy controls, patients with GBS had higher numbers of TGF-β-secreting cells and the number of individuals with myelin-peptide-induced IL-4 and TGF-β secretion was higher in the GBS group. No significant differences were seen concerning the predominantly pro-inflammatory cytokines IFN-γ, IL-6 or TNF-α. Our findings indicate a down-regulatory role for TGF-β and IL-4 in GBS.

Keyword
Cytokines, ELISPOT, Guillain-Barré, IL-4, Syndrome, TGF-ß
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46369 (URN)10.1111/j.1600-0463.2003.apm1111204.x (DOI)
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
3. IFN-ß treatment in multiple sclerosis: Longitudinal effects on secretion of IFN-γ, IL-4, IL-10, IL-13 and IL-17
Open this publication in new window or tab >>IFN-ß treatment in multiple sclerosis: Longitudinal effects on secretion of IFN-γ, IL-4, IL-10, IL-13 and IL-17
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Proinflammatory cytokines like IFN-γ and TNF-α seem to have disease-promoting roles in multiple sclerosis (MS) whereas anti-inflammatory cytokines like IL-10 and TGF-ß may downregulate the disease. IFN-ß treatment reduces the frequency and severity of relapses, however, the mechanisms of action for IFN-ß are only partly understood and modulation of cytokine secretion could be one possible explanation for the therapeutic effects. The IFN-ß products approved for the treatment of MS differ in their composition and effects, and recently differences in effects on cytokine secretion were reported. Peripheral blood was collected from 25 patients with MS, both IFN-ß1a and IFN-ß1b treated, before onset of treatment and after 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and one year. Spontaneous as well as myelin specific secretion of IL-4, IFN-γ and IL-10 was analysed with the ELISPOT technique. PHA stimulated secretion of IL-13 and IL-17 was analysed in cell supernatants with ELISA. A general finding was that surprisingly few changes occurred, and that most changes occurred early (6 weeks - 3 months). We found a shift in the cytokine balance towards more IL-4 and IL-10 secretion and/or less IFN-γ secretion during the treatment as the ratios of IL-4!IFN-y as well as of IL-10/IFN-γ were increased. The interesting pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-17, that has been associated with T-cell mediated autoimmunity, has not been previously investigated during IFN-ß treatment in MS. Our findings of decreased IL-17 levels after one year of treatment, following an increase in early treatment, could be a beneficial result of the IFN-ß treatment. Further we noticed differences in effects on cytokines of IFN-ß1a and IFN-ß1b respectively; the latter seemed to have more effects on cytokine secretion.

National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84278 (URN)
Available from: 2012-10-03 Created: 2012-10-03 Last updated: 2013-08-29Bibliographically approved
4. Myelin protein P0-specific IgM producing monoclonal B cell lines were established from polyneuropathy patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Myelin protein P0-specific IgM producing monoclonal B cell lines were established from polyneuropathy patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS)
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2002 (English)In: Clinical and Experimental Immunology, ISSN 0009-9104, E-ISSN 1365-2249, Vol. 127, no 2, 255-262 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Monoclonal expansion of B cells and plasma cells, producing antibodies against ‘self’ molecules, can be found not only in different autoimmune diseases, such as peripheral neuropathy (PN), but also in malignancies, such as Waldenström’s macroglobulinaemia and B-type of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (B-CLL), as well as in precancerous conditions including monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). About 50% of patients with PN-MGUS have serum antibodies against peripheral nerve myelin, but the specific role of these antibodies remains uncertain. The aims of the study were to establish, and characterize, myelin-specific B cell clones from peripheral blood of patients with PN-MGUS, by selection of cells bearing specific membrane Ig-receptors for myelin protein P0, using beads coated with P0. P0-coated magnetic beads were used for selection of cells, which subsequently were transformed by Epstein–Barr virus. The specificity of secreted antibodies was tested by ELISA. Two of the clones producing anti-P0 antibodies were selected and expanded. The magnetic selection procedure was repeated and new clones established. The cells were CD5+ positive, although the expression declined in vitro over time. The anti-P0 antibodies were of IgM-λ type. The antibodies belonged to the VH3 gene family with presence of somatic mutations. The IgM reacted with P0 and myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG), and showed no evidence for polyreactivity, in contrast to other IgM CD5+ clones included in the study as controls. The expanded clones expressed CD80 and HLA-DR, which is compatible with properties of antigen-presenting cells. The immunomagnetic selection technique was successfully used for isolation of antimyelin protein P0-specific clones. The cell lines may provide useful tools in studies of monoclonal gammopathies, leukaemia, and autoimmune diseases, including aspects of antigen-presentation by these cells followed by T cell activation.

National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-25117 (URN)10.1046/j.1365-2249.2002.01739.x (DOI)9550 (Local ID)9550 (Archive number)9550 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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