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Cell receptor has proclivity for T helper 9 cells, airway inflammation

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July 29, 2012
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Brigham and Women's Hospital
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A cell surface molecule, OX40, is a powerful inducer of T helper cells that make copious amounts of interleukin-9. Such TH9 cells are responsible for ongoing inflammation in the airways in the lungs in vivo.

A research team led by Xian Chang Li, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Transplantation Research Center, has shed light on how a population of lymphocytes, called CD4+ T cells, mature into various subsets of adult T helper cells. In particular, the team uncovered that a particular cell surface molecule, known as OX40, is a powerful inducer of new T helper cells that make copious amounts of interleukin-9 (IL-9) (and therefore called TH9 cells) in vitro; such TH9 cells are responsible for ongoing inflammation in the airways in the lungs in vivo.

The study will be published online in Nature Immunology on July 29, 2012.

In their studies, the researchers found that mice with hyper-active OX40 activities had signs of tissue inflammation, particularly in tissues lining the airway. A high amount of cells -- as much as 30 percent -- in these tissues were mucin-producing cells. Mucin-producing cells produce gel-like secretions that, when combined with other secretions, can form mucus or saliva.

The results mirrored previous studies of mice who over expressed IL-9 in the lung airways. Results from additional experiments confirmed that OX40 triggers both TH9 cell and IL-9 production, thereby leading to airway inflammation.

"These findings may have broad impact on how to treat chronic inflammation, such as allergic inflammation and chronic allograft rejection after transplantation, since the inflammatory texture organized by TH9 cells tends to be different and ongoing." said Li.

In addition to this translational finding, Li and his team made strides in better understanding OX40's role in the molecular mechanisms of the pathway responsible for TH9 cell induction.

According to Li, the revelation that OX40 promotes TH9 cells through TRAF6 (a protein that mediates cell signaling) and the activation of a non-canonical NF-kB pathway will point to new opportunities in drug discovery and development in treatment of TH9-related diseases.


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  1. Xiang Xiao, Savithri Balasubramanian, Wentao Liu, Xiufeng Chu, Haibin Wang, Elizabeth J Taparowsky, Yang-Xin Fu, Yongwon Choi, Matthew C Walsh, Xian Chang Li. OX40 signaling favors the induction of TH9 cells and airway inflammation. Nature Immunology, 2012; DOI: 10.1038/ni.2390

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