Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) is a rare congenital anomaly characterized by the absence of enteric ganglia in the distal intestinal tract. While classified as a multigenic disorder, the altered function of the RET tyrosine kinase receptor is responsible for the majority of the pathogenesis of HSCR. Recent evidence demonstrate a strong association between RET and the homeostasis of immune system. Here, we utilize a unique cohort of fifty HSCR patients to fully characterize the expression of RET receptor on both innate (monocytes and Natural Killer lymphocytes) and adaptive (B and T lymphocytes) human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and to explore the role of RET signaling in the immune system. We show that the increased expression of RET receptor on immune cell subsets from HSCR individuals correlates with the presence of loss-of-function RET mutations. Moreover, we demonstrate that the engagement of RET on PBMCs induces the modulation of several inflammatory genes. In particular, RET stimulation with glial-cell line derived neurotrophic factor family (GDNF) and glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol membrane anchored co-receptor alpha 1 (GFR alpha 1) trigger the up-modulation of genes encoding either for chemokines (CCL20, CCL2, CCL3, CCL4, CCL7, CXCL1) and cytokines (IL-1 beta, IL-6 and IL-8) and the down-regulation of chemokine/cytokine receptors (CCR2 and IL8-R alpha). Although at different levels, the modulation of these "RET-dependent genes'' occurs in both healthy donors and HSCR patients. We also describe another set of genes that, independently from RET stimulation, are differently regulated in healthy donors versus HSCR patients. Among these "RET-independent genes'', there are CSF-1R, IL1-R1, IL1-R2 and TGF beta-1, whose levels of transcripts were lower in HSCR patients compared to healthy donors, thus suggesting aberrancies of inflammatory responses at mucosal level. Overall our results demonstrate that immune system actively participates in the physiopathology of HSCR disease by modulating inflammatory programs that are either dependent or independent from RET signaling.
Induction of RET Dependent and Independent ProInflammatory Programs in Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells from Hirschsprung Patients / M. Rusmini, P. Griseri, F. Lantieri, I. Matera, K.L. Hudspeth, A. Roberto, J. Mikulak, S. Avanzini, V. Rossi, G. Mattioli, V. Jasonni, R. Ravazzolo, W.J. Pavan, A. Pini-Prato, I. Ceccherini, D. Mavilio. - In: PLOS ONE. - ISSN 1932-6203. - 8:3(2013 Mar 18), pp. e59066.1-e59066.15.
|Titolo:||Induction of RET Dependent and Independent ProInflammatory Programs in Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells from Hirschsprung Patients|
MAVILIO, DOMENICO (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||RECEPTOR TYROSINE KINASE; ENTERIC NERVOUS-SYSTEM; NEURAL CREST; INCREASED EXPRESSION; HEMATOPOIETIC-CELLS; GDNF GENE; TGF-BETA; DISEASE; PROTOONCOGENE; MUTATIONS|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/04 - Patologia Generale|
Settore MED/46 - Scienze Tecniche di Medicina di Laboratorio
Settore MED/20 - Chirurgia Pediatrica e Infantile
Settore MED/03 - Genetica Medica
|Data di pubblicazione:||18-mar-2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0059066|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|