Exosomes derived from T regulatory cells relieve inflammatory bowel disease by transferring miR-195a-3p

IUBMB Life. 2020 Oct 26. doi: 10.1002/iub.2385. Online ahead of print.


Previous studies have demonstrated the therapeutic effects of regulatory T (Treg) cells on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but the mechanism is not well-understood. Exosomes have been proposed as a novel mechanism underlying the action of Tregs. This study aimed to investigate the therapeutic effects of exosomes secreted by Treg cells (Treg-Exo) on IBD and to explore the underlying mechanism. Treg-Exo was isolated from BALB/c mouse spleen mononuclear cells and then injected into a murine model of IBD induced by dextran sodium sulfate (DSS) exposure. A co-culture model of Treg-Exo and colonic epithelial YAMC cells in the presence of TNF-α was used to investigate the communication between Tregs and intestinal epithelial cells. in vitro results showed that Treg-Exo could be transferred to YAMC cells where Treg-Exo promoted cell proliferation and inhibited cell apoptosis. Animal experiments showed that Treg-Exo administration alleviated the DSS-induced IBD in mice. The therapeutic effects of Treg-Exo both in vitro and in vivo were eliminated when miR-195a-3p expression was inhibited in Treg-Exo. The pro-apoptotic Caspase 12 was identified as a direct target of miR-195a-3p. In conclusion, Treg-Exo alleviated the DSS-induced IBD through transferring miR-195a-3p.

Keywords: caspase 12; exosome; inflammatory bowel disease; miR‐195a‐3p; regulatory T.