Tolerogenic dendritic cells attenuate experimental autoimmune antimyeloperoxidase glomerulonephritis

Dragana Odobasic, Virginie Oudin, Kenji Ito, Poh Yi Gan, A. Richard Kitching, Stephen R. Holdsworth

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Background Because of their capacity to induce antigen-specific immunosuppression, tolerogenic dendritic cells are a promising tool for treatment of autoimmune conditions, such as GN caused by autoimmunity against myeloperoxidase (MPO). Methods We sought to generate tolerogenic dendritic cells to suppress anti-MPO GN by culturing bone marrow cells with an NFkB inhibitor (BAY 11-7082) and exposing them to a pulse of MPO. After administering these MPO/BAY dendritic cells or saline to mice with established anti-MPO or anti–methylated BSA (mBSA) immunity, we assessed immune responses and GN. We also examined mechanisms of action of MPO/BAY dendritic cells. Results MPO/BAY dendritic cells decreased anti-MPO immunity and GN without inhibiting immune responses against mBSA; they also induced IL-10–producing regulatory T cells in MPO-immunized mice without affecting IL-10+ CD4+Foxp32 type 1 regulatory T cells or regulatory B cells. MPO/BAY dendritic cells did not inhibit anti-MPO immunity when CD4+Foxp3+ cells were depleted in vivo, showing that regulatory T cells are required for their effects. Coculture experiments with dendritic cells and CD4+Foxp32 or CD4+Foxp3+ cells showed that MPO/BAY dendritic cells generate Foxp3+ regulatory T cells from CD4+Foxp32 cells through several pathways, and induce IL-10+ regulatory T cells via inducible costimulator (ICOS), which was confirmed in vivo. Transfer of MPO/BAY dendritic cell–induced regulatory T cells in vivo, with or without anti–IL-10 receptor antibody, demonstrated that they suppress anti-MPO immunity and GN via IL-10. Conclusions MPO/BAY dendritic cells attenuate established anti-MPO autoimmunity and GN in an antigen-specific manner through ICOS-dependent induction of IL-10–expressing regulatory T cells. This suggests that autoantigen-loaded tolerogenic dendritic cells may represent a novel antigen-specific therapeutic option for anti-MPO GN.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2140-2157
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

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