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The Role of Dectin-1 Expressing Dendritic Cells in the Pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus



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The Role of Dectin-1 Expressing Dendritic Cells in the Pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus by Tung-Wing Luk
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This dissertation, "The Role of Dectin-1 Expressing Dendritic Cells in the Pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus" by Tung-wing, Luk, 陸東嶸, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease with diverse manifestations affecting multiple organs. Current understanding of its pathogenesis remains largely inadequate despite recent progress in SLE research on the characterization of immune system dysfunction and its link with heritable and environmental factors. Dendritic cells (DCs) are immune cells that express pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) for the recognition of pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). Aberrant functions of DCs have been reported in SLE including recognition of self-nucleic acids, presentation of self-antigens and strong induction of interferon response, depending on their expression of PRRs. Dectin-1 is a non-toll like receptor PRR that is highly expressed in DCs for the recognition of pathogenic carbohydrates found mostly in fungi. Recognition of fungal carbohydrates by dectin-1 promotes DC maturation and production of pro-inflammatory cytokines that preferentially skew towards a T helper-17 (Th17) response which has been found to be engaged in the pathogenesis of SLE and other autoimmune diseases. Therefore, the current investigation aimed to study the expression of dectin-1 and the effect of dectin-1 activation in DCs from SLE patients. Dectin-1 expression on CD14+ monocytes from peripheral blood of SLE patients and healthy controls was measured by flow cytometry. SLE patients (mean+/-SD = 92.05+/-3.471%) were found to have higher dectin-1 expression on CD14+ monocytes compared to controls (mean+/-SD = 83.7+/-14.64%) (p=0.02). Monocyte derived DCs (MoDCs) were then derived from CD14+ monocytes in the presence of granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and interleukin (IL)-4. Pre-treated moDCs with curdlan, a dectin-1 specific ligand, showed increased expression of costimulatory molecules including CD83 and CD86 and enhanced production of IL-1β compared with healthy controls (all pIn conclusion, compared with healthy individuals, SLE moDCs were more matured and activated in response to β-glucan as shown by their higher expression of co-stimulatory molecules, enhanced production of IL-1β and stronger Th17 polarizing effect. These findings suggest functional dysregulation of dectin-1 expressing DCs in patients with SLE which may be involved in the pathogenesis of this condition. DOI: 10.5353/th_b4786999 Subjects: Dendritic cellsSystemic lupus erythematosus - Pathogenesis
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January 26th, 2017
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