Prostaglandin D2 signaling in dendritic cells is critical for the development of EAE

Jian Zheng, Alan Sariol, David Meyerholz, Qinran Zhang, Juan E. Abrahante Lloréns, Shuh Narumiya, Stanley Perlman

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Priming of autoreactive T cells in lymph nodes by dendritic cells (DCs) is critical for the pathogenesis of experimental autoimmune encephalitis (EAE). DC activation reflects a balance of pro- and anti-inflammatory signals. One anti-inflammatory factor is prostaglandin D2 signaling through its cognate receptor, D-prostanoid receptor 1 (PTGDR), on myeloid cells. Loss of PTGDR signaling might be expected to enhance DC activation and EAE but here we show that PTGDR−/ mice developed only mild signs of MOG35-55 peptide immunization-induced EAE. Compared to wild type mice, PTGDR−/ mice exhibited less demyelination, decreased leukocyte infiltration and diminished microglia activation. These effects resulted from increased pro-inflammatory responses in the lymph nodes, most notably in IL-1β production, with the unexpected consequence of increased activation-induced apoptosis of MOG35-55 peptide-specific T cells. Conditional deletion of PTGDR on DCs, and not other myeloid cells ameliorated EAE. Together, these results demonstrate the indispensable role that PGD2/PTGDR signaling on DCs has in development of pathogenic T cells in autoimmune demyelination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102508
JournalJournal of Autoimmunity
StatePublished - Nov 2020

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Funding Information:
Supported in part by grants from the NIH ( RO1 NS36592 ) and National Multiple Sclerosis Society ( RG 5340-A-7 ).


  • DCs
  • EAE
  • IL-1β
  • Prostaglandin D2

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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