Stimulation with Concanavalin-A induces IL-17 production by Canine peripheral T cells

Michelle G. Ritt, Beth A. Lindborg, Timothy D. O'Brien, Joseph Bisignano, Jaime F. Modiano

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The characteristics of canine IL-17-producing cells are incompletely understood. Expression of mRNA encoding orthologs of IL-17 and the IL-17 receptor has been documented in tissues from dogs with arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and lymphoma; however, no associations have been found between IL-17 gene expression and disease phenotype in these conditions. Robust assessment of the role of IL-17-producing cells in dogs will require measuring the frequency of these cells in health and disease in balance with other lymphocyte subsets. The aim of this study was to confirm that the T-cell IL-17 response in dogs is evolutionarily conserved. Canine peripheral blood mononuclear cells were stimulated with Concanavalin A with or without polarizing cytokines. We used a canine specific IL-17 ELISA and flow cytometry to identify IL-17-producing T cells. Accumulation of intracellular IL-17 was observed in stimulated CD4 and CD8 T cells. The addition of pro-inflammatory cytokines appeared to enhance polarization of canine CD4 T cells to the Th17 phenotype. Conversely, the addition of IL-2 in the presence of TGF-β resulted in expansion of Treg cells. We conclude that canine IL-17-producing cells behave similarly to those from humans and mice when stimulated with mitogens and polarized with pro-inflammatory or immune regulatory cytokines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-51
Number of pages9
JournalVeterinary Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Grant Support: This work was supported in part by a Small Companion Animal Grant from the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota. The authors would like to thank Peggy Just for helpful discussions and manuscript review. This work was supported in part by a Small Companion Animal Resident Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine Research Office, University of Minnesota. The NIH Comprehensive Cancer Center Support Grant to the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota (P30 CA077598) provided support for flow cytometry. The authors gratefully acknowledge donations to the Animal Cancer Care and Research Program of the University of Minnesota that helped support this project.

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  • Canine
  • Cytokine
  • Flow cytometry
  • T Lymphocytes


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