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Taube, C; Tertilt, C; Gyülveszi, G; Dehzad, N; Kreymborg, K; Schneeweiss, K; Michel, E; Reuter, S; Renauld, J C; Arnold-Schild, D; Schild, H; Buhl, R; Becher, B (2011). IL-22 is produced by innate lymphoid cells and limits inflammation in allergic airway disease. PLoS ONE, 6(7):e21799.

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Interleukin (IL)-22 is an effector cytokine, which acts primarily on epithelial cells in the skin, gut, liver and lung. Both pro- and anti-inflammatory properties have been reported for IL-22 depending on the tissue and disease model. In a murine model of allergic airway inflammation, we found that IL-22 is predominantly produced by innate lymphoid cells in the inflamed lungs, rather than TH cells. To determine the impact of IL-22 on airway inflammation, we used allergen-sensitized IL-22-deficient mice and found that they suffer from significantly higher airway hyperreactivity upon airway challenge. IL-22-deficiency led to increased eosinophil infiltration lymphocyte invasion and production of CCL17 (TARC), IL-5 and IL-13 in the lung. Mice treated with IL-22 before antigen challenge displayed reduced expression of CCL17 and IL-13 and significant amelioration of airway constriction and inflammation. We conclude that innate IL-22 limits airway inflammation, tissue damage and clinical decline in allergic lung disease.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Experimental Immunology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:21 Feb 2012 19:02
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:35
Publisher:Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Publisher DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0021799
PubMed ID:21789181

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