A TNFRSF14-FcɛRI-mast cell pathway contributes to development of multiple features of asthma pathology in mice

Nat Commun. 2016 Dec 16;7:13696. doi: 10.1038/ncomms13696.

Abstract

Asthma has multiple features, including airway hyperreactivity, inflammation and remodelling. The TNF superfamily member TNFSF14 (LIGHT), via interactions with the receptor TNFRSF14 (HVEM), can support TH2 cell generation and longevity and promote airway remodelling in mouse models of asthma, but the mechanisms by which TNFSF14 functions in this setting are incompletely understood. Here we find that mouse and human mast cells (MCs) express TNFRSF14 and that TNFSF14:TNFRSF14 interactions can enhance IgE-mediated MC signalling and mediator production. In mouse models of asthma, TNFRSF14 blockade with a neutralizing antibody administered after antigen sensitization, or genetic deletion of Tnfrsf14, diminishes plasma levels of antigen-specific IgG1 and IgE antibodies, airway hyperreactivity, airway inflammation and airway remodelling. Finally, by analysing two types of genetically MC-deficient mice after engrafting MCs that either do or do not express TNFRSF14, we show that TNFRSF14 expression on MCs significantly contributes to the development of multiple features of asthma pathology.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Airway Remodeling
  • Animals
  • Antibodies
  • Antigens, Dermatophagoides / immunology
  • Antigens, Dermatophagoides / toxicity
  • Asthma / chemically induced*
  • Asthma / metabolism*
  • Asthma / pathology
  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid / cytology
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation / drug effects
  • Genotype
  • Immunoglobulin E
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Mast Cells / physiology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Ovalbumin / immunology
  • Ovalbumin / toxicity
  • Receptors, IgE / genetics
  • Receptors, IgE / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor, Member 14 / genetics
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor, Member 14 / metabolism*

Substances

  • Antibodies
  • Antigens, Dermatophagoides
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Receptors, IgE
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor, Member 14
  • Tnfrsf14 protein, mouse
  • Immunoglobulin E
  • Ovalbumin