Elevated NF-kappaB activation in nonobese diabetic mouse dendritic cells results in enhanced APC function.


We have recently demonstrated that dendritic cells (DC) prepared from nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice, a spontaneous model for insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, exhibit elevated levels of NF-kappaB activation upon stimulation. In the current study, we investigated the influence of dysregulation of NF-kappaB activation on the APC function of bone marrow-derived DC prepared from NOD vs BALB/c and nonobese diabetes-resistant mice. NOD DC pulsed with either peptide or virus were found to be more efficient than BALB/c DC at stimulating in vitro naive Ag-specific CD8+ T cells. The T cell stimulatory capacity of NOD DC was suppressed by gene transfer of a modified form of IkappaBalpha, indicating a direct role for NF-kappaB in this process. Furthermore, neutralization of IL-12(p70) to block autocrine-mediated activation of DC also significantly reduced the capacity of NOD DC to stimulate T cells. Despite a reduction in low molecular mass polypeptide-2 expression relative to BALB/c DC, no effect on proteasome-dependent events associated with the NF-kappaB signaling pathway or Ag processing was detected in NOD DC. Finally, DC from nonobese diabetes-resistant mice, a strain genotypically similar to NOD yet disease resistant, resembled BALB/c and not NOD DC in terms of the level of NF-kappaB activation, secretion of IL-12(p70) and TNF-alpha, and the capacity to stimulate T cells. Therefore, elevated NF-kappaB activation and enhanced APC function are specific for the NOD genotype and correlate with the progression of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. These results also provide further evidence indicating a key role for NF-kappaB in regulating the APC function of DC.

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@article{Poligone2002ElevatedNA, title={Elevated NF-kappaB activation in nonobese diabetic mouse dendritic cells results in enhanced APC function.}, author={Brian Poligone and Donald J. Weaver and Pradip Sen and Albert S . Baldwin and Roland M. Tisch}, journal={Journal of immunology}, year={2002}, volume={168 1}, pages={188-96} }