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Type: Journal article
Title: The atypical chemokine receptor CCX-CKR scavenges homeostatic chemokines in circulation and tissues and suppresses Th17 responses
Author: Comerford, I.
Nibbs, R.
Litchfield, W.
Bunting, M.
Harata-Lee, Y.
Haylock-Jacobs, S.
Forrow, S.
Korner, H.
McColl, S.
Citation: Blood, 2010; 116(20):4130-4140
Publisher: Amer Soc Hematology
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 0006-4971
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Iain Comerford, Robert J. B. Nibbs, Wendel Litchfield, Mark Bunting, Yuka Harata-Lee, Sarah Haylock-Jacobs, Steve Forrow, Heinrich Korner and Shaun R. McColl
Abstract: Our previous in vitro studies led to proposals that the atypical chemokine receptor CCX-CKR is a scavenger of CCR7 ligand homeostatic chemokines. In the present study, we generated CCX-CKR(-/-) mice and confirm this scavenger function in vivo. Compared with wild-type mice, CCX-CKR(-/-) have a 5-fold increase in the level of CCL21 protein in blood, and 2- to 3-fold increases in CCL19 and CCL21 in peripheral lymph nodes. The effect of these protein increases on immunity was investigated after immunization with MOG(35-55) peptide emulsified in complete Freund adjuvant (CFA). The subsequent characteristic paralysis develops with enhanced kinetics and severity in CCX-CKR(-/-) versus wild-type mice. Despite this effect, antigen-specific immune responses in the draining lymph nodes are diminished in CCX-CKR(-/-) mice. Instead, the earlier onset of disease is associated with enhanced T-cell priming in the CCX-CKR(-/-) spleen and a skewing of CD4(+) T-cell responses toward Th17 rather than Th1. This observation correlates with increased expression of IL-23 in the CCX-CKR(-/-) spleen and increased CCL21 levels in the central nervous system postimmunization. The early onset of disease in CCX-CKR(-/-) mice is reversed by systemic administration of neutralizing anti-CCL21 antibodies. Thus, by regulating homeostatic chemokine bioavailability, CCX-CKR influences the localization, kinetics, and nature of adaptive immune responses in vivo.
Keywords: Central Nervous System
Lymph Nodes
Th1 Cells
Mice, Inbred C57BL
Encephalomyelitis, Autoimmune, Experimental
Receptors, Chemokine
Neutralization Tests
Organ Specificity
Chemokine CCL19
Chemokine CCL21
Th17 Cells
Rights: Copyright 2010 by The American Society of Hematology; all rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1182/blood-2010-01-264390
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