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Concerted IL-25R and IL-4Rα signaling drive innate type 2 effector immunity for optimal helminth expulsion

  1. Katherine A Smith  Is a corresponding author
  2. Stephan Löser
  3. Fumi Varyani
  4. Yvonne Harcus
  5. Henry J McSorley
  6. Andrew NJ McKenzie
  7. Rick M Maizels  Is a corresponding author
  1. Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  2. University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  3. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  4. MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom
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Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e38269 doi: 10.7554/eLife.38269
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Abstract

Interleukin 25 (IL-25) is a major 'alarmin' cytokine, capable of initiating and amplifying the type 2 immune response to helminth parasites. However its role in the later effector phase of clearing chronic infection remains unclear. The helminth Heligmosomoides polygyrus establishes long-term infections in susceptible C57BL/6 mice, but is slowly expelled in BALB/c mice from day 14 onwards. We noted that IL-25R (Il17rb)-deficient BALB/c mice were unable to expel parasites despite type 2 immune activation comparable to the wild-type. We then established that in C57BL/6 mice, IL-25 adminstered late in infection (days 14-17) drove immunity. Moreover when IL-25 and IL-4 were delivered to Rag1-deficient mice, the combination resulted in near complete expulsion of the parasite, even following administration of an anti-CD90 antibody to deplete innate lymphoid cells (ILCs). Hence, effective anti-helminth immunity during chronic infection requires an innate effector cell population that is synergistically activated by the combination of IL-4Rα and IL-25R signaling.

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  1. Katherine A Smith

    Cardiff Institute of Infection and Immunity, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
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  2. Stephan Löser

    Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology, Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
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  3. Fumi Varyani

    MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  4. Yvonne Harcus

    MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  5. Henry J McSorley

    MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  6. Andrew NJ McKenzie

    Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry Division, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom
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  7. Rick M Maizels

    Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology, Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
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    rick.maizels@glasgow.ac.uk
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Wellcome (106122)

  • Rick M Maizels

Wellcome (90281)

  • Rick M Maizels

European Commission (657639)

  • Katherine A Smith

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

Ethics

Animal experimentation: All animal protocols adhered to the guidelines of the UK home office and complied with the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. The protocols were approved by the Ethical Review Committees of the University of Edinburgh (UK Home Office Project number 60/4105) and the University of Glasgow (Project number 70/8384).

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  1. Andrew J MacPherson, University of Bern, Switzerland

Publication history

  1. Received: May 10, 2018
  2. Accepted: September 21, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: September 21, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: October 5, 2018 (version 2)

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© 2018, Smith et al.

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