IL-33-dependent induction of allergic lung infammation by FcγRIII signaling

Melissa Y. Tjota, Jesse W. Williams, Tiffany Lu, Bryan S. Clay, Tiara Byrd, Cara L. Hrusch, Donna C. Decker, Claudia Alves De Araujo, Paul J. Bryce, Anne I. Sperling

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Atopic asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs generally marked by excessive Th2 inflammation. The role of allergen-specific IgG in asthma is still controversial; however, a receptor of IgG-immune complexes (IgG-ICs), FcγRIII, has been shown to promote Th2 responses through an unknown mechanism. Herein, we demonstrate that allergen-specific IgG-ICs, formed upon reexposure to allergen, promoted Th2 responses in two different models of IC-mediated inflammation that were independent of a preformed T cell memory response. Development of Th2-type airway inflammation was shown to be both FcγRIII and TLR4 dependent, and T cells were necessary and sufficient for this process to occur, even in the absence of type 2 innate lymphoid cells. We sought to identify downstream targets of FcγRIII signaling that could contribute to this process and demonstrated that bone marrow-derived DCs, alveolar macrophages, and respiratory DCs significantly upregulated IL-33 when activated through FcγRIII and TLR4. Importantly, IC-induced Th2 inflammation was dependent on the ST2/IL-33 pathway. Our results suggest that allergen-specific IgG can enhance secondary responses by ligating FcγRIII on antigen-presenting cells to augment development of Th2mediated responses in the lungs via an IL-33-dependent mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2287-2297
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


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