Journal of Clinical Immunology

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 280–291

CpG-Induced Th1-Type Response in the Downmodulation of Early Development of Allergy and Inhibition of B7 Expression on T Cells of Newborn Mice

  • Cyro A. de Brito
  • Ana E. Fusaro
  • Jefferson R. Victor
  • Paula O. Rigato
  • Adriana L. Goldoni
  • Bruno P. Muniz
  • Alberto J. S. Duarte
  • Maria N. Sato
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10875-009-9358-9

Cite this article as:
de Brito, C.A., Fusaro, A.E., Victor, J.R. et al. J Clin Immunol (2010) 30: 280. doi:10.1007/s10875-009-9358-9

Abstract

Introduction

Several differences have been described between neonatal and adult immune responses. The predisposition in early life to Th2-type response or tolerance makes it a susceptible period for infections and allergic sensitization.

Objective

The aim of this work was to evaluate the effects of CpG-containing oligodeoxynucleotides on neonatal and adult immunization with ovalbumin and Blomia tropicalis extract and compare the CpG effects on B and T cells of neonatal and adult mice.

Results and Discussion

Mice that received CpG showed reduced immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody production in both neonatal and adult periods, in parallel to increased IgG2a antibody levels. We observed that spleen cells of mice that received CpG in early life produced increased amounts of interferon-γ upon anti-CD3 stimulation. Negative regulation of IgE response was more pronounced in adult than neonate mice; further, CpG decreased anaphylactic antiovalbumin IgG1 only in adults. Also, an upregulation of toll-like receptor 9 expression was detected in adult B cells, but not in neonatal, upon CpG stimuli. Neonatal B cells showed enhanced interleukin (IL)-10 expression and decreased IL-6 levels than adult B cells in response to CpG. When we analyzed in vitro activation of CD4+ T cells, an increased expression of B7 molecules on T cells in neonates was suppressed by CpG.

Conclusion

Altogether, we verified qualitative and quantitative evidences regarding CpG effect on neonatal and adult allergens immunizations, which points to the importance of understanding neonatal immune system to establish immunomodulatory strategies for prevention of allergic diseases.

Keywords

Oligodeoxynucleotide neonate immunomodulation CpG costimulatory molecules 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cyro A. de Brito
    • 1
  • Ana E. Fusaro
    • 1
  • Jefferson R. Victor
    • 1
  • Paula O. Rigato
    • 1
  • Adriana L. Goldoni
    • 1
  • Bruno P. Muniz
    • 1
  • Alberto J. S. Duarte
    • 1
  • Maria N. Sato
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Investigation in Dermatology and ImmunodeficienciesSchool of Medicine, University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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