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IL-33 blockade suppresses the development of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in C57BL/6 mice

Li, M;Li, Y;Liu, X;Gao, X;Wang, Y;

IL-33 is a recently described member of the IL-1 family that has been reported to have a pathogenic role in several inflammatory diseases. In this study, we evaluated the role of IL-33 in a murine model of multiple sclerosis, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). We showed that the expression of IL-33 and its receptor, ST2, was markedly elevated in the spinal cord of mice during myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)(35-55) peptide-induced EAE. Administration of a blocking anti-IL-33 antibody in mice of EAE during the induction phase significantly inhibited the onset and severity of EAE and reduced MOG(35-55)-induced IFN- and IL-17 production. In contrast, treatment with recombinant IL-33 worsened the disease course of EAE in association with increased induction of both IFN- and IL-17. Furthermore, anti-IL-33 treatment caused a remarkable decrease in expression of IL-17, IFN-, T-bet and RORt, and an upregulation of IL-10 and TGF- in the spinal cord of EAE mice. These results demonstrate that endogenous IL-33 plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of EAE and indicate that blockade of IL-33 has a significant protective effect against EAE.