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Splenic immune suppression in sepsis: A role for IL-10-induced changes in P38 MAPK signaling.

BACKGROUND: Studies have indicated that following the induction of sepsis, there is a late (24 h) generalized suppression of the immune response which is associated with increased anti-inflammatory mediator release (e.g., IL-10). However, the mechanisms by which this occurs are unknown. In this regard, recent studies indicate that p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) may play a central role in transducing the signals from immunosuppressive agents which in turn may alter lymphoid cytokine release. The aim of this study, therefore, was to determine whether the anti-inflammatory mediator IL-10 alters splenocyte IL-2 and IFN-gamma release, as well as the expression and activation of p38 MAPK in septic animals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Splenocytes (SPL) (or for some experiments purified T cells) were harvested from mice subjected 24 h earlier to either sepsis by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) or Sham-CLP and stimulated with 2.5 microg concanavalin A (ConA)/ml in the presence or absence of either monoclonal antibody (Mab) to IL-10 (4 microg/ml) or IgG control. In subsequent studies, sepsis was induced in C57BL/6J and C57BL/6 IL-10 knockout mice, and SPL harvested and stimulated with ConA. SPL cytokine release was measured by ELISA, and the expression and phosphorylation of p38 MAPK were measured by Western analysis. RESULTS: The results indicate that Th1 cytokine (IL-2, IFN-gamma) release was depressed by sepsis, while p38 MAPK expression and activity were increased in SPL as well as in T-cells. Neutralization of IL-10 by in vitro use of anti-IL-10 Mab and in the IL-10 knockout animal restored the Th1 response and caused a downregulation of p38 MAPK expression and activity after CLP. Thus, IL-10 appears to contribute to the increase in p38 MAPK activity and expression and the corresponding suppression of Th1 response seen in late sepsis.[1]


  1. Splenic immune suppression in sepsis: A role for IL-10-induced changes in P38 MAPK signaling. Song, G.Y., Chung, C.S., Schwacha, M.G., Jarrar, D., Chaudry, I.H., Ayala, A. J. Surg. Res. (1999) [Pubmed]
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