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Microbial regulation of enteric eosinophils and its impact on tissue remodeling and Th2 immunity

Jimenez-Saiz, R;Anipindi, VC;Galipeau, H;

Eosinophils have emerged as multifaceted cells that contribute to tissue homeostasis. However, the factors that control their frequency and function at mucosal sites remain unclear. Here, we investigated the role of the microbiota in regulating enteric eosinophils. We found that small intestinal (SI) eosinophilia was significantly greater in germ-free (GF) mice compared to specific pathogen free (SPF) controls. This phenomenon was associated with enteric overexpression of signals that mediate attraction, retention and survival of eosinophils, and was reversed by colonization. Additionally, we generated a novel strain of eosinophil-deficient GF mice. These mice displayed intestinal fibrosis and were less prone to allergic sensitization as compared to GF controls. Overall, our study demonstrates that commensal microbes regulate intestinal eosinophil frequency and function, which impacts tissue repair and allergic sensitization to food antigens. These data support a critical interplay between the commensal microbiota and intestinal eosinophils in shaping homeostatic, innate and adaptive immune processes in health and disease.