Chronic ethanol consumption alters lamina propria leukocyte response to stimulation in a region-dependent manner

FASEB J. 2019 Jun;33(6):7767-7777. doi: 10.1096/fj.201802780R. Epub 2019 Mar 21.


Chronic heavy alcohol consumption, also referred to as chronic heavy drinking (CHD), results in intestinal injury characterized by increased permeability, dysbiosis, nutrient malabsorption, potentially higher susceptibility to infection, and increased risk of colorectal cancer. However, our understanding of the mechanisms by which CHD results in intestinal damage remains incomplete. Here, we investigated the impact of chronic drinking on transcriptional and functional responses of lamina propria leukocytes (LPLs) isolated from the 4 major gut sections. Although no significant differences were detected between LPLs isolated from the ethanol and control groups at resting state within each major gut section, our analysis uncovered key regional differences in composition and function of LPLs independent of alcohol consumption. However, in response to phorbol myristate acetate and ionomycin, duodenal LPLs from ethanol-drinking animals generated a dampened response, whereas jejunal and ileal LPLs from ethanol-drinking animals produced a heightened response. Transcriptional responses following stimulation were pronounced in ileal and duodenal LPLs from the ethanol-drinking group but less evident in jejunal and colonic LPLs compared with controls, suggesting a more significant impact of alcohol on these gut regions. The altered intestinal LPL function detected in our study reveals remarkable region specificity and novel insight into potential mechanisms of intestinal injury associated with CHD.-Barr, T., Lewis, S. A., Sureshchandra, S., Doratt, B., Grant, K. A., Messaoudi, I. Chronic ethanol consumption alters lamina propria leukocyte response to stimulation in a region-dependent manner.

Keywords: alcohol and immunity; gastrointestinal tract; mucosal immunology; nonhuman primate.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / pathology*
  • Animals
  • Ethanol / administration & dosage*
  • Ethanol / pharmacology
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Intestinal Mucosa / drug effects*
  • Intestinal Mucosa / immunology
  • Intestinal Mucosa / pathology
  • Leukocytes / drug effects*
  • Macaca mulatta
  • Male
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • Ethanol