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An in vitro model for analysis of the impact of the colonic milieu in collagenous colitis patients on peripheral T lymphocyte activation and differentiation
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Medicine, Örebro University, Sweden.
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Abstract [en]

Background: Soluble factors released by intestinal mucosal cells contribute to immune homeostasis in the gut. This is the first study to investigate the role of soluble factors from the intestinal mucosa of collagenous colitis (CC) patients in the regulation of effector T cells using a novel system that mimics the in vivo exposure of newly recruited peripheral blood T cells to soluble factors derived from the colonic milieu of normal individuals and inflamed CC patient mucosa.

Methods: Denuded biopsies (DNB) and isolated lamina propria mononuclear cells (LPMCs) from mucosal biopsies from CC patients and non-inflamed controls were cultured to collect conditioned medium (CM). Enriched peripheral blood CD4+ T cells from healthy donors were polyclonally activated in the absence or presence of CM from CC patients and controls. Proliferation, as well as secretion of IL-1β IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL-17A, IFN-γ and TNF-α was analysed the latter with Luminex® analysis.

Results: Peripheral CD4+ T cells exposed to CM from the colonic mucosa demonstrated reduced proliferation. This inhibition was less pronounced with DNB-CM derived from CC patients compared to non-inflamed control mucosa. In contrast, LPMC-CM from non-inflamed controls inhibited T-cell proliferation less than LPMC-CM from CC patients. Both DNB-CM and LPMC-CM from CC patients induced more or less increased production of the proinflammatory cytokines IFN-γ, IL-17A, IL-6 and TNF-α as well as the anti-inflammatory cytokines IL-4 and IL-10 from peripheral CD4+ T cells compared to non-inflamed controls. In contrast, IL-1β production by peripheral T cells showed mixed results – it was either increased or reduced in the presence of both DNB and LPMC-CM from CC patients compared to noninflamed controls with different blood donors and different concentrations.

Conclusion: Our preliminary data indicates reduced inhibition of proliferation of peripheral CD4+ T cells in the presence of mucosa-derived soluble factors from CC patients compared to controls. In addition, increased production of both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines by peripheral CD4+ T cells was recorded in the presence of soluble factors from the colonic mucosa of CC patients compared to controls. This model can be valuable in evaluating the effect(s) of existing and new drugs on T cell differentiation in the intestinal mucosa.

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Biomedical Laboratory Science/Technology
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Biomedicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30121OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-30121DiVA, id: diva2:638928
Available from: 2013-08-05 Created: 2013-08-05 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Adaptive immune response in the intestinal mucosa of microscopic colitis patients
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adaptive immune response in the intestinal mucosa of microscopic colitis patients
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Microscopic colitis (MC) is a chronic diarrhoeal disease of unknown aetiology, comprising collagenous colitis (CC) and lymphocytic colitis (LC). The nature of the adaptive local immune responses in the mucosa of MC patients is however far from elucidated. The present study investigates phenotypic and functional characteristics of the adaptive local immune responses in the colonic mucosa of these patients.

Our immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry studies (Paper I & II) demonstrated increased frequencies of CD8+ T cells in the colonic epithelium and lamina propria of both LC and CC patients compared to controls, whereas the frequencies of CD4+ T cells were unaltered or reduced. Our flow cytometry data revealed increased local activation of both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in the lamina propria as well as the intraepithelial compartment of CC and LC patients compared to controls, demonstrated as increased proportions of these cells expressing the active/memory marker CD45RO and the proliferation marker Ki67.

Analysis of recent thymic emigrants by measuring T cell receptor excision circle (TREC) levels in the colonic mucosa of CC and LC patients revealed reduced TRECs levels in these patients compared to controls (Paper III). These results suggests that the observed increased numbers of T cells in the mucosa of CC and LC patients is due to the expansion of local resident T cells rather than direct recruitment of recent thymic emigrants to the mucosa.

Molecular analysis of T helper (Th) cell and cytotoxic T lymphocyte (Tc) mucosal cytokines at messenger and protein levels in the colonic biopsies from CC and LC patients demonstrated a mixed Th17/Tc17 and Th1/Tc1 mucosal cytokine profile and revealed significant differences in the mucosal cytokine levels in CC and LC patients compared to controls (Paper IV).

Finally, we have set up an in vitro model to investigate how the colonic milieu affects the activation and differentiation of T lymphocytes (Paper V). Our preliminary data indicate increased production of both pro inflammatory and antiinflammatory cytokines by peripheral blood T cells in the presence of soluble factors from the inflamed colonic mucosa of CC patients compared to controls.

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Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2013. p. 83
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Örebro Studies in Medicine, ISSN 1652-4063 ; 84
Keyword
Microscopic colitis, collagenous colitis, lymphocytic colitis, intraepithelial lymphocytes, lamina propria lymphocytes, T cell receptor excision circle, T helper cells, cytotoxic T lymphocyte and mucosal cytokines
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Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Biomedicine
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-27894 (URN)978-91-7668-929-5 (ISBN)
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2013-05-24, Hörsal P2, Prismahuset, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2013-03-18 Created: 2013-03-11 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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