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HIF-1α hampers dendritic cell function and Th1 generation during chronic visceral leishmaniasis


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Hammami, Akil; Abidin, Belma Melda; Heinonen, Krista M. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2410-4432 et Stäger, Simona ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5508-9565 (2018). HIF-1α hampers dendritic cell function and Th1 generation during chronic visceral leishmaniasis Scientific Reports , vol. 8 , nº 3500. pp. 1-10. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-21891-z.

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Inflammation, although responsible for controlling infection, is often associated with the pathogenesis of chronic diseases. Leishmania donovani, the causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis, induces a strong inflammatory response that leads to splenomegaly and ultimately immune suppression. Inflamed tissues are typically characterized by low levels of oxygen, a microenvironment that triggers the hypoxia-inducible transcription factor 1α (HIF-1α). Although HIF-1α plays an integral role in dendritic cell function, its involvement in the generation of protective Th1 responses against Leishmania has not yet been studied. Here we demonstrate that HIF-1α inhibits IL-12 production in dendritic cells, limiting therefore Th1 cell development. Indeed, depletion of HIF-1α in CD11c+ cells resulted in higher and sustained expression of IL-12 and complete abrogation of IL-10. Moreover, CD11c-specific HIF-1α-deficient mice showed higher frequencies of IFN-γ-producing CD4 T cells in the spleen and bone marrow and, consequently, a significantly reduced parasite burden in both organs. Taken together, our results suggest that HIF-1α expression in dendritic cells largely contributes to the establishment of persistent Leishmania infection and may therefore represent a possible therapeutic target.

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Centre: Centre INRS-Institut Armand Frappier
Date de dépôt: 01 mars 2019 21:09
Dernière modification: 16 févr. 2022 15:04
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/7454

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