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J Clin Invest. 2007 Oct;117(10):2941-51.

IL-13Ralpha2 and IL-10 coordinately suppress airway inflammation, airway-hyperreactivity, and fibrosis in mice.

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  • 1Immunopathogenesis Section, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, and Laboratory of Allergic Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.


Development of persistent Th2 responses in asthma and chronic helminth infections are a major health concern. IL-10 has been identified as a critical regulator of Th2 immunity, but mechanisms for controlling Th2 effector function remain unclear. IL-10 also has paradoxical effects on Th2-associated pathology, with IL-10 deficiency resulting in increased Th2-driven inflammation but also reduced airway hyperreactivity (AHR), mucus hypersecretion, and fibrosis. We demonstrate that increased IL-13 receptor alpha 2 (IL-13Ralpha2) expression is responsible for the reduced AHR, mucus production, and fibrosis in BALB/c IL-10(-/-) mice. Using models of allergic asthma and chronic helminth infection, we demonstrate that IL-10 and IL-13Ralpha2 coordinately suppress Th2-mediated inflammation and pathology, respectively. Although IL-10 was identified as the dominant antiinflammatory mediator, studies with double IL-10/IL-13Ralpha2-deficient mice illustrate an indispensable role for IL-13Ralpha2 in the suppression of AHR, mucus production, and fibrosis. Thus, IL-10 and IL-13Ralpha2 are both required to control chronic Th2-driven pathological responses.

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