Enhanced IgG4 production by follicular helper 2 T cells and the involvement of follicular helper 1 T cells in the pathogenesis of IgG4-related disease

Mitsuhiro Akiyama, Hidekata Yasuoka, Kunihiro Yamaoka, Katsuya Suzuki, Yuko Kaneko, Harumi Kondo, Yoshiaki Kassai, Keiko Koga, Takahiro Miyazaki, Rimpei Morita, Akihiko Yoshimura, Tsutomu Takeuchi

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Background: The aim of this study was to elucidate the function of circulating follicular helper T (Tfh) cell subsets in helping B cells in patients with active, untreated IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) and determine their relationship with disease activity. Methods: Seventeen consecutive patients with active, untreated IgG4-RD, 20 with primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS), 5 with multicentric Castleman's disease (MCD), and 12 healthy controls (HC) were enrolled. Tfh cell subset function was evaluated by co-culture with naïve B cells in vitro. Activated Tfh cell subsets were defined as a CCR7lowPD-1high subset among Tfh cell subsets. Disease activity was evaluated by IgG4-RD responder index (IgG4-RD RI) score. Results: The number of Tfh2 cells was significantly higher in IgG4-RD compared to pSS, MCD, or HC, and correlated with serum IgG4 level or the number of plasmablasts. In vitro, Tfh2 cells more efficiently induced the differentiation of naïve B cells into plasmablasts compared to Tfh1 or Tfh17 cells. Of note, while IgG production in culture supernatants of Tfh2 cells was comparable between IgG4-RD and HC, IgG4 production was significantly higher with Tfh2 cells from patients with IgG4-RD than in those from HC. Accordingly, the IgG4:IgG ratio in culture supernatants was also significantly higher with Tfh2 cells from IgG4-RD compared to HC. Moreover, the number of activated Tfh2 cells was higher in IgG4-RD compared to pSS, MCD, or HC, and strongly correlated with IgG4-RD RI score in the baseline active phase. Particularly, the number of activated Tfh2 cells was associated with the number of affected organs and serum IgG4 level. Importantly, the number of activated Tfh2 cells was decreased after glucocorticoid treatment and paralleled disease improvement. Moreover, the number of activated Tfh1 cells was also increased in IgG4-RD compared to pSS, MCD, or HC, correlating with IgG4-RD RI score, but not with serum IgG4 level. Conclusions: Tfh2 cells, but not Tfh1 or Tfh17 cells, induce the differentiation of naïve B cells into plasmablasts and enhanced production of IgG4 in patients with active, untreated IgG4-RD. Furthermore, activated Tfh2 cells reflect disease activity, suggesting the involvement of this T cell subset in the pathogenesis of IgG4-RD. Interestingly, the number of activated Tfh1 cells was also increased in IgG4-RD, correlating with disease activity but not with serum IgG4 level, suggesting the involvement of Tfh1 cells but not in the process of IgG4 production in patients with IgG4-RD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number167
JournalArthritis Research and Therapy
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 13

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Keywords

  • B cells
  • Disease activity
  • Follicular helper T cells
  • IgG4-related disease

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  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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Enhanced IgG4 production by follicular helper 2 T cells and the involvement of follicular helper 1 T cells in the pathogenesis of IgG4-related disease. / Akiyama, Mitsuhiro; Yasuoka, Hidekata; Yamaoka, Kunihiro; Suzuki, Katsuya; Kaneko, Yuko; Kondo, Harumi; Kassai, Yoshiaki; Koga, Keiko; Miyazaki, Takahiro; Morita, Rimpei; Yoshimura, Akihiko; Takeuchi, Tsutomu.

In: Arthritis Research and Therapy, Vol. 18, No. 1, 167, 13.07.2016.

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Akiyama, Mitsuhiro ; Yasuoka, Hidekata ; Yamaoka, Kunihiro ; Suzuki, Katsuya ; Kaneko, Yuko ; Kondo, Harumi ; Kassai, Yoshiaki ; Koga, Keiko ; Miyazaki, Takahiro ; Morita, Rimpei ; Yoshimura, Akihiko ; Takeuchi, Tsutomu. / Enhanced IgG4 production by follicular helper 2 T cells and the involvement of follicular helper 1 T cells in the pathogenesis of IgG4-related disease. In: Arthritis Research and Therapy. 2016 ; Vol. 18, No. 1.
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