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Defective CCR7 expression on dendritic cells contributes to the development of visceral leishmaniasis

Ato, M., Stäger, S., Engwerda, C. R. and Kaye, P. M. (2002) Defective CCR7 expression on dendritic cells contributes to the development of visceral leishmaniasis. Nature Immunology, 3 (12). pp. 1185-1191. ISSN 1529-2908

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Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ni861


Interaction between dendritic cells (DCs) and T cells is essential for the generation of cell-mediated immunity. Here we show that DCs from mice with chronic Leishmania donovani infection fail to migrate from the marginal zone to the periarteriolar region of the spleen. Stromal cells were fewer, which was associated with loss of CCL21 and CCL19 expression. The residual stromal cells and endothelium produced sufficient CCL21 to direct the migration of DCs transferred from naïve mice. However, DCs from infected mice had impaired migration both in naïve recipients and in vitro, in response to CCL21 and CCL19. Defective localization was attributable to tumor necrosis factor-alpha-dependent, interleukin 10-mediated inhibition of CCR7 expression. Effective immunotherapy was achieved with CCR7-expressing DCs, without the need to identify protective Leishmania antigens. Thus defective DC migration plays a major role in the pathogenesis of this disease and the immunosuppression is mediated, at least in part, through the spatial segregation of DCs and T cells.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Biology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2009 16:45
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2009 16:45
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ni861
Status: Published
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Identification Number: 10.1038/ni861
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7046

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