Reversing Ongoing Chronic Intestinal Inflammation and Fibrosis by Sustained Block of IL-12 and IL-23 Using a Vaccine in Mice.

Research paper by Qingdong Q Guan, Carolyn R CR Weiss, Shuhe S Wang, Gefei G Qing, Xi X Yang, Richard J RJ Warrington, Charles N CN Bernstein, Zhikang Z Peng

Indexed on: 23 May '18Published on: 23 May '18Published in: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases


Interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23 that share subunit p40 are important cytokines in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease. We reported that mouse p40 peptide-based vaccines ameliorated intestinal inflammation in the prevention of trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced murine colitis model. Here, we evaluated whether administration of the vaccine after establishment of colitis would be effective in modifying both TNBS-induced and dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced chronic colitis and the underlying immune mechanisms. We further examined whether vaccination could exacerbate infections. Chronic colitis was developed by either intrarectally administrating TNBS or drinking 4% DSS water. Vaccination started after two TNBS administrations or 7 days of DSS treatment. Results showed that administrating p40 vaccine induced high tittered antibodies to IL-12 and IL-23, improved clinical scores, reduced intestinal inflammation and fibrosis, and down-regulated proinflammatory cytokine productions in colon tissue, compared with control mice. Furthermore, in lamina propria mononuclear cells and/or mesenteric lymph nodes, mice immunized with p40 peptide vaccine exhibited high ratios of Treg/Th1 and Treg/Th17 cells and increased IL-10 expression in CD11c+IL-10+cells. In mice infected with lung chlamydia, in which the protective role of Th1/Th17 is well documented, vaccine immunization did not increase lung bacterial burden. We conclude that p40 vaccine may provide a potential and safe approach for treatment of IBD. 10.1093/ibd/izy142_videoizy142.video5785979965001.

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