IRF4 Transcription-Factor-Dependent CD103(+)CD11b(+) Dendritic Cells Drive Mucosal T Helper 17 Cell Differentiation.

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CD103(+)CD11b(+) dendritic cells (DCs) represent the major migratory DC population within the small intestinal lamina propria (SI-LP), but their in vivo function remains unclear. Here we demonstrate that intestinal CD103(+)CD11b(+) DC survival was dependent on interferon regulatory factor 4 (IRF4). Mice with a DC deletion in Irf4 displayed reduced numbers of intestinal interleukin 17 (IL-17)-secreting helper T 17 (Th17) cells and failed to support Th17 cell differentiation in draining mesenteric lymph nodes (MLN) following immunization. The latter was associated with a selective reduction in CD103(+)CD11b(+) MLN DCs and DC derived IL-6. Immunized Il6(-/-) mice failed to support Th17 cell differentiation in MLN in vivo and CD103(+)CD11b(+) MLN DCs supported IL-6-dependent Th17 cell differentiation in vitro. Together, our results suggest a central role for IRF4-dependent, IL-6 producing CD103(+)CD11b(+) DCs in intestinal Th17 cell differentiation.


  • Emma Persson
  • Heli Uronen-Hansson
  • Monika Semmrich
  • Aymeric Rivollier
  • Karin Hägerbrand
  • Jan Marsal
  • Sigurdur Gudjonsson
  • Ulf Håkansson
  • Boris Reizis
  • Knut Kotarsky
  • William Agace
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  • Immunology in the medical area
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)958-969
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Mucosal Immunology (013212072), Adaptive Immunity (013212070), Department of Urology, Lund (013077000), Medicine (Lund) (013230025), Pediatrics/Urology/Gynecology/Endocrinology (013240400)