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Expression pattern of T-helper 17 cell signaling pathway and mucosal inflammation in celiac disease
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Paediatrics in Linköping.
Norrkoping Hospital, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Paediatrics in Linköping.
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2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, ISSN 0036-5521, E-ISSN 1502-7708, Vol. 49, no 2, 145-156 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective. The aim was to investigate the mucosal activation of a broad range of genes associated with the T-helper 17 cell (Th17) signaling pathway in children at different stages of celiac disease (CD), including children with increased risk for CD and children with untreated and gluten-free diet (GFD)-treated CD. Material and methods. Small intestinal biopsies were taken from children with untreated and GFD-treated CD, transglutaminase antibody (TGA)-positive children with potential CD, and reference children. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) arrays were used to study the gene expression pattern of Th17-related genes, and quantitative PCR was used to study the interleukin (IL)-17A expression. Results. The mucosal expression of CD8A was elevated at all stages of CD. Children with untreated CD had diminished levels of IL-17RE, IL-23R, RORc, STAT6, CCL22, NFATC2, IL-18, CD4, CD247, and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)9 but had elevated levels of MMP3, IL-17, interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and CD8A, compared to references. The majority of the aforementioned genes, being differentially expressed in untreated CD, displayed similar expression in GFD-treated children and references. Children with untreated and GFD-treated CD had elevated expression of IFN-gamma but had reduced expression of CD247. Interestingly, children with potential CD displayed reduced FOXP3, IL-21, and IL-17A levels. Conclusion. Mucosal upregulation of Th17 immunity occurs at the late stage of disease and is downregulated with dietary treatment, thus indicating that IL-17 immunity is not a fundamental feature of CD as Th1 immunity, which is not fully downregulated by GFD.

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Informa Healthcare , 2014. Vol. 49, no 2, 145-156 p.
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arrays; celiac disease; children; gene expression; gluten-free diet; IL-17; mucosa; Th17
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104288DOI: 10.3109/00365521.2013.863966ISI: 000329874800003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-104288DiVA: diva2:697188
Available from: 2014-02-17 Created: 2014-02-14 Last updated: 2017-12-06
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1. Studies of Mucosal Immune Regulation in Celiac Disease and Type 1 Diabetes
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2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Background: Celiac disease (CD) and type 1 diabetes (T1D) are two chronic autoimmune diseases with increasing incidence worldwide. A combination of genetic, environmental and immunological factors is considered to be involved in development of the diseases, even though the exact disease mechanisms still are unknown. CD and T1D are both believed to be associated with type 1 like immune responses. However, there is limited knowledge about the complex network of intestinal and peripheral immune responses associated with the diseases.

Aims: The aim of this thesis was to explore intestinal and peripheral immune responses in children at different stages of CD and in children with T1D. Further, we studied peripheral immune responses in children at risk for T1D supplemented with probiotics during their first 6 months of life (PRODIA study).

Results & Discussion: Children with untreated CD had up-regulated T-helper (Th)1, T-cytotoxic (Tc)1, Th17 and T-regulatory (Treg) responses, but down-regulated Th2 and Th3 responses in the small intestine. The type 1 response (Th1 and Tc1) seemed to remain elevated in CD children under gluten free diet (GFD)-treatment and thus seemed to be related to the disease itself rather than the gluten intake. The Th2, Th3, Th17 and Treg responses seemed to be gluten dependent, since they normalized upon GFD-treatment. The alterations in the intestinal biopsies did not seem to correlate with the alterations seen in the blood Children with potential CD had diminished levels of the Th17 cytokine IL-17, whereas children with untreated CD had elevated levels of IL-17, indicating that IL-17 immunity develops in the late phase of CD when villous atrophy has developed. Furthermore, stimulation of intestinal epithelial cells with IL-17 induced anti-apoptotic mechanisms. The low intestinal expression of Th1, Th17 and Treg markers was normal in children with T1D, whereas children with T1D and CD had the same pattern as children with untreated CD: high intestinal secretion of pro-inflammatory and Th17 cytokines. The immune responses in children with T1D were generally influenced by the degree of villous atrophy.

As expected, the number of children in the PRODIA study developing T1D related autoantibodies during their first two years of life was low. No difference in the autoantibody emergence was seen between infants given probiotics compared to placebo. In the probiotic group, the number of circulating CD58+ monocytes was lower at 6 months of age. At 12 months of age the number of circulating CCR5+ monocytes was lower in the probiotic group, whereas the spontaneous expression of TLR9 on PBMCs was higher.

Conclusion: Most of the intestinal T-cell associated immune alterations were generally gluten dependent, since they normalized on a GFD treatment, but the type 1 response seemed to be related to the disease itself, since it was still seen in GFD treated individuals. IL-17 immunity seemed to be induced in the late stage of CD, when villous atrophy has developed and it seemed to be involved in protection from tissue damage in the inflamed intestinal mucosa. The intestinal immune responses were generally not reflected in peripheral blood.

Probiotic supplementation in infancy modulated the activation stage and stimulation response of monocytes. Thus, early exposure to microbes seemed to influence the function of the innate immune system in later life.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2014. 129 p.
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1410
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Clinical Medicine Immunology
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110687 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-110687 (DOI)978-91-7519-286-4 (ISBN)
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2014-10-10, Eken, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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