Mannose receptor modulates macrophage polarization and allergic inflammation through miR-511-3p.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

Mannose receptor (MRC1/CD206) has been suggested to mediate allergic sensitization and asthma to multiple glycoallergens, including cockroach allergens.

OBJECTIVE

We sought to determine the existence of a protective mechanism through which MRC1 limits allergic inflammation through its intronic miR-511-3p.

METHODS

We examined MRC1-mediated cockroach allergen uptake by lung macrophages and lung inflammation using C57BL/6 wild-type (WT) and Mrc1-/- mice. The role of miR-511-3p in macrophage polarization and cockroach allergen-induced lung inflammation in mice transfected with adeno-associated virus (AAV)-miR-511-3p (AAV-cytomegalovirus-miR-511-3p-enhanced green fluorescent protein) was analyzed. Gene profiling of macrophages with or without miR-511-3p overexpression was also performed.

RESULTS

Mrc1-/- lung macrophages showed a significant reduction in cockroach allergen uptake compared with WT mice, and Mrc1-/- mice had an exacerbated lung inflammation with increased levels of cockroach allergen-specific IgE and TH2/TH17 cytokines in a cockroach allergen-induced mouse model compared with WT mice. Macrophages from Mrc1-/- mice showed significantly reduced levels of miR-511-3 and an M1 phenotype, whereas overexpression of miR-511-3p rendered macrophages to exhibit a M2 phenotype. Furthermore, mice transfected with AAV-miR-511-3p showed a significant reduction in cockroach allergen-induced inflammation. Profiling of macrophages with or without miR-511-3p overexpression identified 729 differentially expressed genes, wherein expression of prostaglandin D2 synthase (Ptgds) and its product PGD2 were significantly downregulated by miR-511-3p. Ptgds showed a robust binding to miR-511-3p, which might contribute to the protective effect of miR-511-3p. Plasma levels of miR-511-3p were significantly lower in human asthmatic patients compared with nonasthmatic subjects.

CONCLUSION

These studies support a critical but previously unrecognized role of MRC1 and miR-511-3p in protection against allergen-induced lung inflammation.

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