A physiological function of inflammation-associated SerpinB2 is regulation of adaptive immunity

J Immunol. 2010 Mar 1;184(5):2663-70. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.0902187. Epub 2010 Feb 3.


SerpinB2 (plasminogen activator inhibitor-2) is widely described as an inhibitor of urokinase plasminogen activator; however, SerpinB2(-/-) mice show no detectable increase in urokinase plasminogen activator activity. In this study, we describe an unexpected immune phenotype in SerpinB2(-/-) mice. After immunization with OVA in CFA, SerpinB2(-/-) mice made approximately 6-fold more IgG2c and generated approximately 2.5-fold more OVA-specific IFN-gamma-secreting T cells than SerpinB2(+/+) littermate controls. In SerpinB2(+/+) mice, high inducible SerpinB2 expression was seen at the injection site and in macrophages low levels in draining lymph nodes and conventional dendritic cells, and no expression was seen in plasmacytoid dendritic, B, T, or NK cells. SerpinB2(-/-) macrophages promoted greater IFN-gamma secretion from wild-type T cells in vivo and in vitro and, when stimulated with anti-CD40/IFN-gamma or cultured with wild-type T cells in vitro, secreted more Th1-promoting cytokines than macrophages from littermate controls. Draining lymph node SerpinB2(-/-) myeloid APCs similarly secreted more Th1-promoting cytokines when cocultured with wild-type T cells. Regulation of Th1 responses thus appears to be a physiological function of inflammation-associated SerpinB2; an observation that may shed light on human inflammatory diseases like pre-eclampsia, lupus, asthma, scleroderma, and periodontitis, which are associated with SerpinB2 polymorphisms or dysregulated SerpinB2 expression.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptive Immunity / immunology*
  • Animals
  • B-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • B-Lymphocytes / metabolism
  • Blotting, Western
  • Dendritic Cells / immunology
  • Dendritic Cells / metabolism
  • Female
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Immunization
  • Immunoglobulin G / immunology
  • Inflammation / immunology*
  • Inflammation / physiopathology
  • Interferon-gamma / metabolism
  • Interleukin-10 / metabolism
  • Interleukin-6 / metabolism
  • Killer Cells, Natural / immunology
  • Killer Cells, Natural / metabolism
  • Macrophages / immunology
  • Macrophages / metabolism
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor 2 / genetics
  • Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor 2 / metabolism
  • Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor 2 / physiology*
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • T-Lymphocytes / metabolism
  • Th1 Cells / immunology*
  • Th1 Cells / metabolism
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha / metabolism
  • Urokinase-Type Plasminogen Activator / genetics
  • Urokinase-Type Plasminogen Activator / metabolism


  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Interleukin-6
  • Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor 2
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
  • Interleukin-10
  • Interferon-gamma
  • Urokinase-Type Plasminogen Activator