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Stimulatory lipids accumulate in the mouse liver within 30 minutes of contact sensitization to facilitate activation of naïve iNKT cells in a CD1d-dependent fashion(1).
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PMID:  21352253     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Natural killer T cells with invariant αβ-TCRs (iNKT cells) constitute a lipid-responsive arm of the innate immune system that has been implicated in the regulation or promotion of various immune, infectious, and neoplastic processes. Contact sensitivity (CS), also known as contact hypersensitivity or allergic contact dermatitis, is one such immune process that begins with topical sensitization to an allergen and culminates in a localized cutaneous inflammatory response after challenge with the same allergen. CS depends on events initiated early in sensitization by hepatic iNKT cells. We have shown previously that these iNKT cells release IL-4 early after skin sensitization to activate B-1 B cells to produce IgM antibodies that aid in local recruitment of the effector T cells. Here we utilize adoptive transfer techniques in several strains of knockout mice to demonstrate that hepatic lipids isolated 30 minutes after sensitization are significantly more stimulatory to naïve hepatic iNKT cells than hepatic lipids isolated after sham sensitization. These stimulatory hepatic lipids specifically affect iNKT cells and not B-1 B cells. The downstream CS response is abrogated with anti-CD1d blocking antibodies, suggesting a critical role for CD1d in the activation of hepatic iNKT cells with these lipids. Hepatocytes may not be essential, as donor hepatic iNKT cells can reconstitute CS without migrating to the recipient mouse liver. Rather, CD1d-expressing liver mononuclear cells are sufficient for activation of iNKT cells. In conclusion, stimulatory lipids accumulate in the liver soon after sensitization and facilitate iNKT cell activation in a CD1d-dependent yet potentially hepatocyte-independent manner.
Neelendu Dey; Marian Szczepanik; Kelvin Lau; Monika Majewska-Szczepanik; Philip W Askenase
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-2-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of immunology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-3083     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-2-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0323767     Medline TA:  Scand J Immunol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, 333 Cedar St., New Haven, CT 06520-8013 Department of Human Developmental Biology, Jagiellonian University College of Medicine, Krakow, Poland.
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