Author(s): Gauvrit A, Debailleul M, Vu AT, Sai P, Bach JM, Gauvrit A, Debailleul M, Vu AT, Sai P, Bach JM
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Abstract DNA vaccination encoding beta cell autoantigens has been shown very recently to prevent type I diabetes in non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice. However, DNA vaccination encoding microbial or reporter antigens is known to induce specific long-lasting CD4 Th1 and strong cytolytic CD8 T cell responses. As this immune phenotype is associated strongly with beta cell destruction leading to diabetes, we have chosen to study the effects of plasmids encoding glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD), a crucial beta cell autoantigen, in female NOD mice that developed a 'moderate' diabetes incidence. In the present study, 3-week-old female NOD mice were vaccinated twice in tibialis muscles with plasmid-DNA encoding 65-kDa GAD or betagalactosidase. In GAD-DNA immunized mice, diabetes cumulative incidence (P < 3.10(-3)) and insulitis (P < 7.10(-3)) increased significantly. Simultaneously, DNA immunization induced GAD-specific CD4 T cells secreting interleukin (IL)-4 (P < 0.05) and transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta (P = 0.03). These cells were detected in spleen and in pancreatic lymph nodes. Furthermore, vaccination produced high amounts of Th2 cytokine-related IgG1 (P < 3.10(-3)) and TGF-beta-related IgG2b to GAD (P = 0.015). Surprisingly, diabetes onset was correlated positively with Th2-related GAD-specific IgG1 (P < 10(-4)) and TGF-beta-related IgG2b (P < 3.10(-3)). Moreover, pancreatic lesions resembled Th2-related allergic inflammation. These results indicate, for the first time, that GAD-DNA vaccination could increase insulitis and diabetes in NOD mice. In addition, our study suggests that Th2/3 cells may have potentiated beta cell injury.
This article was published in Clin Exp Immunol
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research