TAKAMATSU Hyota,KATOH Yasuhiro,KUMANOGOH Atsushi≪Respiratory Medicine and Clinical Immnology≫ Step-by-Step Account of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Development Revealed
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Osaka University study provides crucial evidence for the pathophysiology of systemic lupus erythematosus
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and tissue damage. SLE can involve many organs and systems and has a poor prognosis. It is one of a large group of conditions called autoimmune disorders, which occur when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues and organs.
Type I interferon (IFN-I), a key protein that regulates the immune system’s activity, is found to play important roles in the development and progression of SLE. Serum IFN-I and expression of multiple IFN-I-stimulated genes (ISGs) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) are elevated in SLE and associated with SLE disease activity. Clinical trials revealed that IFN-I-targeting therapies are more effective in patients with high ISG expression.
Despite this information, SLE’s exact cause remains unclear, particularly in terms of the involvement of the enzyme cyclic guanosine monophosphate (GMP)-AMP synthase (cGAS) and stimulator of interferon genes (STING) in SLE.
“To address this issue, we used patient samples and a cell-based reporter system that enables highly sensitive measurement of serum IFN-I bioactivity and ISG-inducing activity,” explains Yasuhiro Kato, first author of a study out of Osaka University. “We showed that SLE serum induced ISGs, in part, through cGAS–STING pathway, a component of the innate immune system that functions to detect the presence of cytosolic DNA and, in response, trigger expression of inflammatory genes.”
Furthermore, the team demonstrated that the levels of IFN-I bioactivity and ISG-inducing activity were associated with SLE disease activity. Double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) levels were elevated in SLE, and apoptosis-derived membrane vesicles (AdMVs) from SLE sera had high ISG-inducing activity, which was diminished in cGAS-knockout or STING-knockout reporter cells.
Based on their findings, the team proposed a model of SLE pathophysiology. First, defective clearance of apoptotic cells produces AdMVs containing dsDNA, which in turn induces IFN-I production via the cGAS–STING pathway. Next, IFN-I activates immune responses that lead to tissue damage in various organs, resulting in further generation of AdMVs, triggering a positive-feedback loop of IFN-I production and further tissue damage.
The research was published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
According to Hyota Takamatsu, the corresponding author, the findings may prove useful for the development of SLE therapeutics.
“It seems promising to target the cGAS– STING pathway for SLE treatment, and our cell-based reporter system may be useful for stratifying patients with SLE with high ISG-inducing activity,” he says.
The article, “Apoptosis-derived membrane vesicles drive the cGAS–STING pathway and enhance type I IFN production in systemic lupus erythematosus” was published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases at DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2018-212988.
Summary: Osaka University researchers elucidated the pathophysiology of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation and tissue damage. Their study used patient samples and a cell-based reporter system that enables highly sensitive measurement of serum type I interferon (IFN-I) bioactivity and IFN-I-stimulated genes (ISG)-inducing activity. IFN-I bioactivity and ISG-inducing activities of serum were found to be higher in patients with SLE. Blockade of these mechanisms may be a promising therapeutic target for SLE.
Article: Apoptosis-derived membrane vesicles drive the cGAS–STING pathway and enhance type I IFN production in systemic lupus erythematosus
Journal: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Authors: Yasuhiro Kato, JeongHoon Park, Hyota Takamatsu, Hachirou Konaka, Wataru Aoki, Syunsuke Aburaya, Mitsuyoshi Ueda, Masayuki Nishide, Shohei Koyama, Yoshitomo Hayama, Yuhei Kinehara, Toru Hirano, Yoshihito Shima, Masashi Narazaki, Atsushi Kumanogoh Funding: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Japan Science and technology Agency (JST), Naito Foundation, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and technology of Japan (MEXT), Japan Agency for Medical research and development (AMED)
Primary Keyword: Biology
Additional Keywords: Biochemistry, Immunology, Molecular Biology
Categories: Medical, Life Science