Parasite-antigen driven expansion of IL-5 ¯ and IL-5 + Th2 human subpopulations in lymphatic filariasis and their differential dependence on IL-10 and TGF.

Anuradha, R .; George, P.J .; Hanna, L.E .; Chandrasekaran, V.; Kumaran, P.P .; Nutman, T.B .; Babu, S.

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases; 2014; 8; e2658.


Abstract: Background: Two different Th2 subsets have been defined recently on the basis of IL-5 expression an IL-5 + Th2 subset and an IL-5 ¯ Th2 subset in the setting of allergy. However, the role of these newly described CD4 + T cells subpopulations has not been explored in other contexts.


Methods: To study the role of the Th2 subpopulation in a chronic, tissue invasive parasitic infection (lymphatic filariasis), we examined the frequency of IL-5 + IL-4 + IL-13 + CD4 + T cells and IL-5 ¯ IL-4 IL-13 + CD4 + T cells in asymptomatic, infected individuals (INF) and compared them to frequencies (F o ) in filarial-uninfected (UN) individuals and to those with filarial lymphedema (CP).


Results: INF individuals exhibited a significant increase in the spontaneously expressed and antigen-induced F o of both Th2 subpopulations compared to the UN and CP. Interestingly, there was a positive correlation between the F o of IL-5 + Th2 cells and the absolute eosinophil and neutrophil counts; in addition there was a positive correlation between the frequency of the CD4 + IL-5 ¯ Th2 subpopulation and the levels of parasite antigen specific IgE and IgG4 in INF individuals. Moreover, blockade of IL-10 and/or TGF b demonstrated that each of these 2 regulatory cytokines exert opposite effects on the different Th2 subsets. Finally, in those INF individuals cured of infection by anti-filarial therapy, there was a significantly decreased F o of both Th2 subsets.


Conclusions: Our findings suggest that both IL-5 + and IL-5 ¯ Th2 cells play an important role in the regulation of immune responses in filarial infection and that these two Th2 subpopulations may be regulated by different cytokine-receptor mediated processes.



Back to List of publications / Home