Redistribution of Monocyte Subsets in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Patients Leads to an Imbalanced PD-1/PD-L1 Cross-Talk with CD4/CD8 T Cells

J Immunol. 2021 Jan 1;206(1):51-58. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.2001047. Epub 2020 Dec 2.

Abstract

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) represents a substantial disease of recurrent sleep fragmentation, leading to intermittent hypoxia and subsequent diseases such as cardiovascular, metabolic, or cognitive dysfunctions. In addition, OSAS is considered as low-grade systemic inflammation, which is associated with a higher incidence of cancer, severity of infections, and an overall immune dysregulation. This research project aims to comprehensively investigate the interplay of wholesome sleep and the immune functions of circulating monocytes and T cells in OSAS patients, which are known to be affected by oxidative stress. We studied the distribution of the CD14/CD16 characterized monocyte subsets in peripheral blood as well as their PD-L1 expression and complex formation with T cells. Furthermore, a detailed analysis of T cell subsets with regard to their PD-1 and PD-L1 expression was performed. Data revealed a decrease of classical monocytes accompanied by an increase of both CD16+ monocyte subsets in OSAS patients that was positively correlated with the body mass index. OSAS patients revealed an increased PD-1 and PD-L1 expression in T cells and monocytes, respectively, which was linked to the severity of monocyte subset alterations. The complex formation of monocytes and T cells was also elevated in OSAS patients, which indicates a deregulated PD-1/PD-L1 cross-talk between these cells. Our data show for the first time, to our knowledge, massive alterations of peripheral monocyte subsets in response to OSAS and its accompanying phenomena.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • B7-H1 Antigen / metabolism*
  • CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes / immunology*
  • CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes / immunology*
  • Cell Movement
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lipopolysaccharide Receptors / metabolism
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Monocytes / immunology*
  • Programmed Cell Death 1 Receptor / metabolism*
  • Receptor Cross-Talk
  • Receptors, IgG / metabolism
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / immunology*

Substances

  • B7-H1 Antigen
  • Lipopolysaccharide Receptors
  • Programmed Cell Death 1 Receptor
  • Receptors, IgG