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Interleukin-27 and IFNγ regulate the expression of CXCL9, CXCL10, and CXCL11 in hepatitis

Abstract : Unlabelled - Interleukin-27 (IL-27) belongs to the IL-6/IL-12 family of cytokines, associated with different inflammatory diseases and orchestrates its biological activity via common heterodimeric receptor composed of WSX-1 (IL-27Rα) and gp130. The present study was aimed to investigate the regulation of CXCL9, CXCL10, and CXCL11 chemokines in hepatic cells (human LX-2 cell line derived from normal human stellate cells (HSC), primary human hepatocytes, HSC, and HepG2 cells) and concanavalin A (ConA)-induced liver inflammation. We demonstrated that IL-27, but not IL-6, induced/up-regulated CXCR3 ligand genes (CXCL9, CXCL10, and CXCL11; out of 26 selected genes) in a STAT1-dependent manner in hepatic cells in vitro both at transcript and protein levels. In ConA-induced T cell-mediated hepatic model, we showed that soluble IL-27/IFNγ was elevated following ConA hepatitis in association with increased CXCL9, CXCL10, and CXCL11 expression in the liver. The exogenous IL-27 administration induced CXCR3 ligands in mouse liver at 4 h with any significant effect on recruitment of CXCR3(+) immune cells in the liver. The neutralization of IL-27 during ConA hepatitis differentially modulated (transcript vs protein expression) CXCR3 ligands and IFNγ during ConA-induced hepatitis with down-regulated expression of CXCL9 and CXCL10 at transcript level. The IFNγ, complementary regulated the expression of CXCR3 ligands as their up-regulation during ConA hepatitis, was abolished in IFNγ KO mice. In summary, IL-27 up-regulated the CXCL9, CXCL10, and CXCL11 chemokine expression in hepatic cells. IL-27 regulated CXCR3 ligand expression in IFNγ-dependent manner during acute hepatitis suggesting a complementary role of IL-27 and IFNγ to moderate liver inflammation via regulation of CXCR3 ligands. Key message - IL-27 up-regulated CXCR3 ligand expression in human hepatic cells in vitro. IL-27 up-regulated CXCR3 ligand expression and secretion in ConA hepatitis in vivo. CXCR3 ligand expression was down-regulated by blocking IL-27 or IFNγ deficiency. IL-27 modulated liver injury by regulation of CXCR3 ligands in IFNγ-dependent manner.
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Laetitia Basset, Sylvie Chevalier, Yannic Danger, Muhammad Imran Arshad, Claire Piquet-Pellorce, et al.. Interleukin-27 and IFNγ regulate the expression of CXCL9, CXCL10, and CXCL11 in hepatitis. Journal of Molecular Medicine, Springer Verlag, 2015, 93 (12), pp.1355-1367. ⟨10.1007/s00109-015-1319-6⟩. ⟨hal-01214006⟩



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