Immunoresolvents signaling molecules at intersection between the brain and immune system

Curr Opin Immunol. 2018 Feb:50:48-54. doi: 10.1016/j.coi.2017.10.007. Epub 2017 Nov 16.


Understanding mechanisms that control immunity is central in the quest to gain insights into the etiopathology of many of the diseases that afflict modern societies. New results implicate the nervous system as a central player in controlling many aspects of both the innate and adaptive arms of the immune response. Furthermore it is now well appreciated that a novel group of autacoids termed as specialized proresolving mediators, which are enzymatically produced from essential fatty acids, orchestrate the immune response promoting the termination of inflammation as well as tissue repair and regeneration. The present brief review discusses evidence for the crosstalk between the nervous system and leukocytes in regulating SPM production. We will also discuss the impact that this has on controlling tissue resolution tone and the resolution of both infectious and sterile inflammation.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomarkers
  • Brain / immunology*
  • Brain / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Immune System / immunology*
  • Immune System / metabolism*
  • Inflammation Mediators / metabolism
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Macrophages / immunology
  • Macrophages / metabolism
  • Neuroimmunomodulation*
  • Neurons / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction*
  • Vagus Nerve / metabolism


  • Biomarkers
  • Inflammation Mediators