Commensal A4 bacteria inhibit intestinal Th2-cell responses through induction of dendritic cell TGF-β production

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  • It has been shown that while commensal bacteria promote Th1, Th17 and Treg cells in lamina propria (LP) in steady-state conditions, they suppress mucosal Th2 cells. However, it is still unclear whether there are specific commensal organisms down-regulating Th2 responses, and the mechanism involved. Here we demonstrate that commensal A4 bacteria, a member of the Lachnospiraceae family, which produce an immunodominant microbiota CBir1 antigen, inhibits LP Th2-cell development. When transferred into the intestines of RAG-/- mice, CBir1-specific T cells developed predominately towards Th1 cells and Th17 cells, but to a lesser extent into Th2 cells. The addition of A4 bacterial lysates to CD4+ T-cell cultures inhibited production of IL-4. A4 bacteria stimulated dendritic cell production of TGF-β, and blockade of TGF-β abrogated A4 bacteria inhibition of Th2-cell development in vitro and in vivo. Collectively, our data show that A4 bacteria inhibit Th2-cell differentiation by inducing dendritic cell production of TGF-β.
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  • Wu W; Liu HP; Chen F; Liu H; Cao AT; Yao S; Sun M; Evans-Marin HL; Zhao Y; Zhao Q
  • Start Page

  • 1162
  • End Page

  • 1167
  • Volume

  • 46
  • Issue

  • 5