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Expression of the markers BDCA-2 and BDCA-4 and production of interferon-alpha by plasmacytoid dendritic cells in systemic lupus erythematosus
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
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2003 (English)In: Arthritis and Rheumatism, ISSN 0004-3591, Vol. 48, no 9, 2524-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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OBJECTIVE: To study the expression of blood dendritic cell antigen 2 (BDCA-2) and BDCA-4 molecules by plasmacytoid dendritic cells (PDCs) in the blood of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and to study PDC production of interferon-alpha (IFN alpha) and its inhibition by anti-BDCA-2 and anti-BDCA-4 antibodies. METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from SLE patients (SLE PBMCs) and from healthy controls were induced to produce IFN alpha in vitro by SLE serum containing an endogenous IFN alpha-inducing factor (SLE-IIF) or by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). The frequencies and numbers of BDCA-2-, BDCA-3-, and BDCA-4-expressing cells were analyzed by flow cytometry, and the effects of anti-BDCA-2 and anti-BDCA-4 monoclonal antibodies (mAb) on IFN alpha production were investigated. RESULTS: IFN alpha production by SLE PBMCs induced by SLE-IIF or HSV-1 was decreased compared with that of healthy control PBMCs (P = 0.002 and P = 0.0007, respectively). The proportions of BDCA-2- and BDCA-3-expressing cells in SLE PBMCs were reduced compared with those in PBMCs from healthy controls (P = 0.01 and P = 0.004, respectively). IFN alpha producers in culture, especially among SLE PBMCs, displayed reduced BDCA-2 expression and constituted only a minority of the BDCA-2-positive cells, at least in healthy control PBMCs (median 18%). IFN alpha production by both SLE and healthy control PBMCs stimulated by SLE-IIF or HSV-1 was markedly reduced by anti-BDCA-2 mAb (median 81-98% inhibition). Anti-BDCA-4 mAb only partially inhibited SLE-IIF-induced IFN alpha production. CONCLUSION: SLE patients had a reduced number of BDCA-2-expressing PDCs, also termed natural IFN alpha-producing cells, and their IFN alpha production could be inhibited by anti-BDCA-2/4 mAb. Such mAb may be a therapeutic option for inhibiting the ongoing IFN alpha production in SLE patients.

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2003. Vol. 48, no 9, 2524-32 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-65167DOI: 10.1002/art.11225PubMedID: 13130472OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-65167DiVA: diva2:93078
Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2009-07-27Bibliographically approved

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