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Immunobiology. 2012 Aug;217(8):795-807. doi: 10.1016/j.imbio.2012.04.005. Epub 2012 May 4.

CCR9+ T cells contribute to the resolution of the inflammatory response in a mouse model of intestinal amoebiasis.

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  • 1CBRL, Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico.


Analysis of the mechanisms underlying the inflammatory response in amoebiasis is important to understand the immunopathology of the disease. Mucosal associated effector and regulatory T cells may play a role in regulating the inflammatory immune response associated to Entamoeba histolytica infection in the colon. A subpopulation of regulatory T cells has recently been identified and is characterized by the expression of the chemokine receptor CCR9. In this report, we used CCR9 deficient (CCR9(-/-)) mice to investigate the role of the CCR9(+) T cells in a murine model of E. histolytica intestinal infection. Intracecal infection of CCR9(+/+), CCR9(+/-) and CCR9(-/-) mice with E. histolytica trophozoites, revealed striking differences in the development and nature of the intestinal inflammatory response observed between these strains. While CCR9(+/+) and CCR9(+/-) mice were resistant to the infection and resolved the pathogen-induced inflammatory response, CCR9(-/-) mice developed a chronic inflammatory response, which was associated with over-expression of the cytokines IFN-γ, TNF-α, IL-4, IL-6 and IL-17, while IL-10 was not present. In addition, increased levels of CCL11, CCL20 and CCL28 chemokines were detected by qRT-PCR in CCR9(-/-) mice. E. histolytica trophozoites were identified in the lumen of the cecum of CCR9(-/-) mice at seven days post infection (pi), whereas in CCR9(+/+) mice trophozoites disappeared by day 1 pi. Interestingly, the inflammation observed in CCR9(-/-) mice, was associated with a delayed recruitment of CD4(+)CD25(+)FoxP3(+) T cells to the cecal epithelium and lamina propria, suggesting that this population may play a role in the early regulation of the inflammatory response against E. histolytica, likely through IL-10 production. In support of these data, CCR9(+) T cells were also identified in colon tissue sections obtained from patients with amoebic colitis. Our data suggest that a population of CCR9(+)CD4(+)CD25(+)FoxP3(+) T cells may participate in the control and resolution of the inflammatory immune response to E. histolytica infection.

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