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, 178 (5), 1072-1087.e14

Fasting-Refeeding Impacts Immune Cell Dynamics and Mucosal Immune Responses


Fasting-Refeeding Impacts Immune Cell Dynamics and Mucosal Immune Responses

Motoyoshi Nagai et al. Cell.


Nutritional status potentially influences immune responses; however, how nutritional signals regulate cellular dynamics and functionality remains obscure. Herein, we report that temporary fasting drastically reduces the number of lymphocytes by ∼50% in Peyer's patches (PPs), the inductive site of the gut immune response. Subsequent refeeding seemingly restored the number of lymphocytes, but whose cellular composition was conspicuously altered. A large portion of germinal center and IgA+ B cells were lost via apoptosis during fasting. Meanwhile, naive B cells migrated from PPs to the bone marrow during fasting and then back to PPs during refeeding when stromal cells sensed nutritional signals and upregulated CXCL13 expression to recruit naive B cells. Furthermore, temporal fasting before oral immunization with ovalbumin abolished the induction of antigen-specific IgA, failed to induce oral tolerance, and eventually exacerbated food antigen-induced diarrhea. Thus, nutritional signals are critical in maintaining gut immune homeostasis.

Keywords: B cell; CXCL13; IgA; Immunometabolism; Peyer's patch; bone marrow; fasting; mTOR signaling; mucosal immunity; nutritional signals; stroma cell.

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