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  • 1.
    Chalise, Jaya Prakash
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Chenna Narendra, Sudeep
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Biggs, Sophie
    Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Rheumatology.
    Kalinke, Ulrich
    Twincore, Germany.
    Iacono, Alberta
    Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy.
    Boon, Louis
    EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals, Utrecht, Netherlands.
    Magnusson, Mattias
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Regulatory T cells manifest IFN-α mediated protection during antigen induced arthritisManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction

    Type I interferon induces tolerance against arthritogenic antigen and protects against antigen induced arthritis (AIA). Regulatory T cells (Treg cells) resolve aberrant immune reaction, maintain self-tolerance and prevent the development of autoimmune diseases. We here investigated the impact of Interferon alpha (IFN-α) on Treg cells development and function during antigen induced arthritis.

    Methods

    For AIA, mice were immunized with methylated bovine serum albumin (mBSA) at day 1 and 7 in presence or absence of IFN-α. At day 21, arthritis was induced by intra-articular injection of mBSA and arthritis was evaluated at day 28. At various days of AIA, CD4, CD25, Foxp3 and CTLA-4 expression was quantified by FACS in blood cells, splenocytes, lymph nodes cells and in ex vivo re-stimulated leucocytes (pooled splenocytes and lymph nodes cells) isolated at same days. To investigate the importance of Treg cells in IFN-α protection in AIA, Foxp3DTReGFP+mice were used, where Treg cells can be depleted transiently by administration of diptherin toxin. CFSE based suppression assay was used to assess the suppression by Treg cells isolated day 4, 10, 20 of AIA against proliferation of mBSA or anti-CD3 stimulated responder T cells (Tresp cells) isolated at same days. For adoptive transfer experiments, 250,000 Treg cells from IFN-α treated or untreated mice day 20 of AIA were intravenously injected to recipient pre-immunized mice without IFN-α treatment during the induction of arthritis. The importance of IFN-α signalling on T cells for the IFN-α protection was evaluated by using CD4-Cre+/- IFNAR flox/flox mice.

    Results

    Protective effects of IFN-α in AIA were associated with significant TGF-β dependent increase in Foxp3+ T cells in blood at day 4 and minor increase of Foxp3+T cells in spleen and lymph node cells. However IFN-α signalling in T cells is not required for IFN-α-protection. Upon ex vivo re-stimulation in presence of IFN-α with mBSA but not anti-CD3, the Treg cells numbers were increased in leucocytes isolated from day 4 and day 10 of AIA. Transient depletion of Treg cells during induction of arthritis (day 21) abolished IFN-α-protection however the protection was not affected when Treg cells are depleted during immunization phase (day 1 and day 7). Against mBSA-stimulated proliferation of Tresp cells, suppression by Treg cells isolated from day 10 and day 20 from IFN-α treated mice are significantly higher than Treg cells from untreated mice. Treg cells isolated from IFN-α or untreated mice at day 20 of AIA when transferred to pre-immunized untreated mice prevent the development of arthritis.

    Conclusion

    Treg cells are critically associated with IFN-α protective effects in AIA. IFN-α enhances TGF-β dependent early development of Treg cells and later IFN-α enhances their suppressive capacity against T cells proliferation in antigen specific manner during AIA.

  • 2.
    Chalise, Jaya Prakash
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Narendra, Sudeep Chenna
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Paudyal, Bhesh Raj
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Magnusson, Mattias
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Interferon alpha inhibits antigen-specific production of proinflammatory cytokines and enhances antigen-specific transforming growth factor beta production in antigen-induced arthritis2013In: Arthritis Research and Therapy, ISSN 1478-6354, Vol. 15, no 5, p. R143-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: Interferon alpha (IFN-α) has a complex role in autoimmunity, in that it may both enhance and prevent inflammation. We have previously shown that the presence of IFN-α at sensitization protects against subsequent antigen-triggered arthritis. To understand this tolerogenic mechanism, we performed a descriptive, hypothesis-generating study of cellular and humoral responses associated with IFN-α-mediated protection against arthritis.Methods: Arthritis was evaluated at day 28 in mice given a subcutaneous injection of methylated bovine serum albumin (mBSA), together with Freund adjuvant and 0 to 5,000 U IFN-α at days 1 and 7, followed by intraarticular injection of mBSA alone at day 21. The effect of IFN-α on mBSA-specific IgG1, IgG2a, IgG2b, IgA, and IgE was evaluated by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Cytokines in circulation and in ex vivo cultures on mBSA restimulation was evaluated with ELISA and Luminex, and the identity of cytokine-producing cells by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) analysis.Results: Administration of IFN-α protected mice from arthritis in a dose-dependent manner but had no effect on antigen-specific antibody levels. However, IFN-α did inhibit the initial increase of IL-6, IL-10, IL-12, and TNF, and the recall response induced by intraarticular mBSA challenge of IL-1β, IL-10, IL-12, TNF, IFN-γ, and IL-17 in serum. IFN-α decreased both macrophage and CD4+ T cell-derived IFN-γ production, whereas IL-17 was decreased only in CD4+ T cells. Ex vivo, in mBSA-restimulated spleen and lymph node cell cultures, the inhibitory effect of in vivo administration of IFN-α on proinflammatory cytokine production was clearly apparent, but had a time limit. An earlier macrophage-derived, and stronger activation of the antiinflammatory cytokine transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) was observed in IFN-α-treated animals, combined with an increase in CD4+ T cells producing TGF-β when arthritis was triggered by mBSA (day 21). Presence of IFN-α at immunizations also prevented the reduction in TGF-β production, which was induced by the intraarticular mBSA injection triggering arthritis in control animals.Conclusions: Administration of IFN-α has a profound effect on the cellular response to mBSA plus adjuvant, but does not affect antigen-specific Ig production. By including IFN-α at immunizations, spleen and lymph node cells inhibit their repertoire of antigen-induced proinflammatory cytokines while enhancing antiinflammatory TGF-β production, first in macrophages, and later also in CD4+ T cells. On intraarticular antigen challenge, this antiinflammatory state is reenforced, manifested as inhibition of proinflammatory recall responses and preservation of TGF-β levels. This may explain why IFN-α protects against antigen-induced arthritis. © 2013 Chalise et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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  • 3.
    Chalise, Jaya Prakash
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Pallotta, Maria Teresa
    Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy.
    Chenna Narendra, Sudeep
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Carlsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Iacono, Alberta
    Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy.
    Boon, Louis
    EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals, Utrecht, Netherlands.
    Grohmann, Ursula
    Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy.
    Magnusson, Mattias
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    IDO1 and TGF- 1 β mediate protective effects of IFN-α in antigen-induced arthritisManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Interferon-α (IFN-α) prevents antigen-induced arthritis (AIA) in mice by an unknown mechanism. Indoleamine 2, 3 dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) is an immunoregulator via enzymatic as well as signalling activity, which can be activated by TGF-β and further mediated via non canonical NF-κB signalling. We here investigated whether IDO1 and TGF-β are involved in IFN-α protective effects in AIA. Arthritis was induced in wt, Ido1-/- or Ifnar-/- mice, treated or not with IFN-α or kynurenine, the main IDO1 product, and antibodies neutralizing TGF-β or 1-methyltryptophan (1-MT), an inhibitor of IDO1 catalytic activity. IDO1 expression and enzymatic activity were determined by RT-PCR and HPLC, respectively. Proliferation was measured by 3H-Thymidine incorporation. Non-canonical NF-κB signalling was evaluated by ELISA and Western blot in plasmacytoid DCs (pDCs) from treated mice. Protective effects of IFN-α in AIA were associated with increased IDO1 expression and kynurenine production in spleen cells, particularly at the time of mBSA sensitization. Lack of IDO1 ablated IFN-α protection and kynurenine prevented AIA in an IFNAR-independent manner. The IDO1 catalytic activity was crucial for IFN-α effects at the sensitization but not effector phase of AIA. The disease effector phase in mice treated with IFN-α was instead characterized by sustained IDO1 and TGF-β expression and activation of the noncanonical NF-κB pathway in pDCs. IFN-α protective effects in AIA involves IDO1 enzymatic and signalling activity in the disease sensitization and effector phase, respectively. Kynurenine, the main IDO1 metabolite, can be used as an alternative treatment to IFN-α in protecting mice from AIA.

  • 4.
    Chenna Narendra, Sudeep
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Prakash Chalise, Jaya
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Magnusson, Mattias
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Uppugunduri, Srinivas
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Chemistry.
    Local but Not Systemic Administration of Uridine Prevents Development of Antigen-Induced Arthritis2015In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 10, no 10, p. e0141863-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective Uridine has earlier been show to down modulate inflammation in models of lung inflammation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effect of uridine in arthritis. Methods Arthritis was induced by intra-articular injection of mBSA in the knee of NMRI mice preimmunized with mBSA. Uridine was either administered locally by direct injection into the knee joint or systemically. Systemic treatment included repeated injections or implantation of a pellet continuously releasing uridine during the entire experimental procedure. Anti-mBSA specific immune responses were determined by ELISA and cell proliferation and serum cytokine levels were determined by Luminex. Immunohistochemistry was used to identify cells, study expression of cytokines and adhesion molecules in the joint. Results Local administration of 25-100 mg/kg uridine at the time of arthritis onset clearly prevented development of joint inflammation. In contrast, systemic administration of uridine (max 1.5 mg uridine per day) did not prevent development of arthritis. Protection against arthritis by local administration of uridine did not affect the anti-mBSA specific immune response and did not prevent the rise in serum levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines associated with the triggering of arthritis. In contrast, local uridine treatment efficiently inhibited synovial expression of ICAM-1 and CD18, local cytokine production and recruitment of leukocytes to the synovium. Conclusion Local, but not systemic administration of uridine efficiently prevented development of antigen- induced arthritis. The protective effect did not involve alteration of systemic immunity to mBSA but clearly involved inhibition of synovial expression of adhesion molecules, decreased TNF and IL-6 production and prevention of leukocyte extravasation. Further, uridine is a small, inexpensive molecule and may thus be a new therapeutic option to treat joint inflammation in RA.

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  • 5.
    Narendra, Sudeep Chenna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Chalise, Jaya Prakash
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Höök, Nina
    Rheumatology and Inflammation Research, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborgs Universitet, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Magnusson, Mattias
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Dendritic cells activated by double-stranded RNA induce arthritis via autocrine type I IFN signaling.2014In: Journal of Leukocyte Biology, ISSN 0741-5400, E-ISSN 1938-3673, Vol. 95, no 4, p. 661-666Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Viral dsRNA can be found at the site of inflammation in RA patients, and intra-articular injection of dsRNA induces arthritis by activating type I IFN signaling in mice. Further, DCs, a major source of IFN-α, can be found in the synovium of RA patients. We therefore determined the occurrence of DCs in dsRNA-induced arthritis and their ability to induce arthritis. Here, we show, by immunohistochemistry, that cells expressing the pan-DC marker CD11c and the pDC marker 120G8 are present in the inflamed synovium in dsRNA-induced arthritis. Flt3L-generated and splenic DCs preactivated with dsRNA before intra-articular injection, but not mock-stimulated cells, clearly induced arthritis. Induction of arthritis was dependent on type I IFN signaling in the donor DCs, whereas IFNAR expression in the recipient was not required. Sorting of the Flt3L-DC population into cDCs (CD11c(+), PDCA-1(-)) and pDCs (CD11c(+), PDCA-1(+)) revealed that both subtypes were arthritogenic and produced type I IFN if treated with dsRNA. Taken together, these results demonstrate that viral nucleic acids can elicit arthritis by activating type I IFN signaling in DCs. Once triggered, autocrine type I IFN signaling in dsRNA-activated DCs is sufficient to propagate arthritis.

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