Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bifurcation of type 2 immunity

Type II immunity is referred to a Th2 dominant immune response to a wide array of proteases, venoms and mechanical irritants. Both innate ILC2 cells as well as adaptive Th2 cells are involved in this process. The relationship between innate and adaptive components of type II immunity is still being defined.

For example, the authors showed that parasitic nematode Nippostrongylus brasiliensis (Nb)-infected mice triple deficient in sensing of TSLP, IL-25 and IL-33, the epithelial cytokines which have been linked to Th2 cell function, have normal lymph node IL-4+ Th2 differentiation and IgE production, but significantly diminished potential to secrete IL-13 and IL-5, effector Th2 cytokines, in the periphery. 

Importantly, such bifurcation of Th2 effector functionality was T cell intrinsic by sensing locally produced "release" cytokines, TSLP, IL-25 and IL-33.

In summary, this study indicate that even at the level of Th2 cells their effector functionality could be bifurcated depending on the local tissue micro-environment. This concept is important to better understand how to treat different types of allergies, for example, IL-4/IgE dominant systemic allergies versus IL-5/IL-13 dominant local tissue chronic allergies.     

David Usharauli

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