CD103+CD11b+ mucosal classical dendritic cells initiate long-term switched antibody responses to flagellin

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Authors

External organisations

  • Department of Laboratory Medicine, Section of Microbiology, Immunology and Glycobiology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
  • Division of Immunology and Vaccinology, National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.

Abstract

Antibody responses induced at mucosal and nonmucosal sites demonstrate a significant level of autonomy. Here, we demonstrate a key role for mucosal interferon regulatory factor-4 (IRF4)-dependent CD103+CD11b+ (DP), classical dendritic cells (cDCs) in the induction of T-dependent immunoglobulin G (IgG) and immunoglobulin A (IgA) responses in the mesenteric lymph node (MLN) following systemic immunization with soluble flagellin (sFliC). In contrast, IRF8-dependent CD103+CD11b- (SP) are not required for these responses. The lack of this response correlated with a complete absence of sFliC-specific plasma cells in the MLN, small intestinal lamina propria, and surprisingly also the bone marrow (BM). Many sFliC-specific plasma cells accumulating in the BM of immunized wild-type mice expressed α4β7+, suggesting a mucosal origin. Collectively, these results suggest that mucosal DP cDC contribute to the generation of the sFliC-specific plasma cell pool in the BM and thus serve as a bridge linking the mucosal and systemic immune system.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-692
Number of pages12
JournalMucosal immunology
Volume11
Issue number3
Early online date20 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018