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Polymorphisms in NALP3 inflammasome components NLRP3 and CARD8 affect C-peptide secretion in type 1 diabetes
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Pediatrics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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Interleukin-1β has long been known to have potential roles in type 1 diabetes (T1D) pathogenesis. Production of active Iinterleukin-1β is dependent on the action of a caspase activating protein complex called NALP3 inflammasome. The NALP3 inflammasome is composed of NALP3/Cryopyrin, ASC and CARD8. Polymorphisms in the NLRP3 and CARD8 genes have been linked to several autoinflammatory diseases. The NALP3 inflammasome is crucial for adjuvanticity of aluminium hydroxide, which is used as adjuvant in clinical trials of glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD)-alum in T1D. Our aim was to investigate the effect of common polymorphisms of NLRP3 on T1D susceptibility as well as on GAD-alum treatment efficacy. The single nucleotide polymorphisms NLRP3 Q705K, CARD8 C10X and an SNP downstream of the NLRP3 gene, rs10733113, were genotyped using a Taqman genotyping assay. The A allele of CARD8 C10X was associated with a lower stimulated insulin secretion 3 months after diagnosis in males. Patients with at least one G allele at rs10733113 were more likely to produce auto-antibodies against two or more of the islet antigens GAD, Insulin or IA-2. None of the genotyped SNPs had any significant influence on efficacy of GAD-alum treatment, but individuals with at least one rs10733113 G allele treated with placebo had lower residual insulin secretion than those with the AA genotype at 9, 15 and 21 months after start of treatment.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-98248OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-98248DiVA: diva2:653506
Available from: 2013-10-04 Created: 2013-10-04 Last updated: 2013-10-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Reign in Blood: Immune Regulation in Type 1 Diabetes
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2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease resulting in insulin deficiency as a result ofautoimmune destruction of pancreatic β-cells. Preserving β-cell function in patients with T1D would be of great benefit since patients with sustained endogenous insulin secretion are known to suffer less from secondary complications due to hyperglycemia. Glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 (GAD65) is a major autoantigen targeted by self-reactive lymphocytes in T1D, and has been used in several attempts at treating T1D by inducing tolerance to β-cell antigens. We showed positive clinical effects of GAD65 formulated with aluminium hydroxide (GAD-alum) on preservation of C-peptide secretion in a phase II clinical trial. Unfortunately, a phase III clinical trial in a larger population failed to confirm this finding. Regulatory T cells (Treg) are instrumental in maintaining peripheral tolerance to self-antigens. Deficiencies in Treg function are thought to influence the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases, including T1D. One proposed mechanism of achieving tolerance to β-cell antigens in T1D is the induction of antigen-specific Treg through immunomodulation. The general aim of this thesis was to study immune regulation in T1D, the role of Treg and immunomodulatory effects of GAD-alum treatment in particular. Our hypothesis was that Treg biology is altered in T1D and pre-diabetes, and that an induction of GAD65-specific Treg contributes to the clinical efficacy of GAD-alum treatment. We demonstrated that T cells expressing Treg-associated markers were increased in number in patients with recent-onset T1D, as well as in children with high risk of developing T1D. We found that antigen recall 4 years after GAD-alum treatment induced cells with both regulatory and effector phenotypes in GAD-alum treated patients. Furthermore there was no effect on Treg-mediated suppression in GAD-alum treated patients, while patients with T1D, regardless of treatment, exhibited deficient Treg-mediated suppression of Teff that was intrinsic to the Treg population. We followed patients participating in a phase III trial of GAD-alum, and using an extended antibody panel we demonstrated that antigen recall induced mainly Teff cells in treated patients, along  with increased frequencies of memory T cells, non-suppressive CD45RA-FOXP3lo cells and increased GAD65-induced proliferation of mainly Teff and memory T cells. Finally we examined whether SNPs in genes encoding inflammasome components contributed to T1D risk, but found no effects of variant alleles on the risk of developing T1D, or on the efficacy of GAD-alum treatment. We show small effects on C-peptide secretion and autoantibody positivity in patients with T1D. In conclusion, we find that while Treg are deficient in patients with T1D, induction of Treg is an unlikely mechanism of action of GAD-alum treatment.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. 113 p.
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1377
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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-98250 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-98250 (DOI)978-91-7519-533-9 (ISBN)
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2013-11-08, Berzeliussalen, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2013-10-04 Created: 2013-10-04 Last updated: 2013-10-07Bibliographically approved

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