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Identifying the immune function of NgR in EAE and multiple sclerosis

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posted on 2017-03-02, 03:58 authored by Bakhuraysah, Maha
Despite clear evidence demonstrating that the deletion of Nogo-receptor 1 (NgR1) can protect against axonal degeneration and thus progression of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an immunological role for this receptor is yet to yield mechanistic evidence. However, recently NgR has been suggested as an alternate receptor for the B-cell activating factor (BAFF) in the central nervous system (CNS). Therefore our strategic aim was to define whether NgR contributes in the modulation of the adaptive immune response during EAE by promoting maturation and differentiation of BAFF-reactive B-cells within follicles that are localised within the CNS during the induction of disease. The results showed that CNS-infiltrating blood cells revealed an augmented response in the B-cell populations, which expressed NgR1 and NgR3, observed in ngr1+/+ mice with the onset and progression of the disease that could not be demonstrated within the spinal cords of EAE-induced ngr1-/- mice. Remarkably, a cluster of B-cells-expressing NgR was present at the meninges of lumbosacral spinal cords of the of ngr1+/+ EAE-induced mice at clinical score 1. Furthermore, there were significant increases of secreted immunoglobulins from these NgR1-expressing B-cells. Importantly, these cells could be directed into the synthesis phase of the cell cycle, after stimulating sorted cells by extracellular BAFF in vitro; however, when BAFF signalling was blocked using either rBAFF-R, or NgR1-Fc, or NgR3 peptides, the cells were observed to be into G0/G1 phase. As a consequence, when we blocked NgR1-ligand signalling using a novel hematopoietic stem cell-based delivery of a therapeutic protein, immune lineage- differentiated cells, including ZsGreen and fusion protein, were trafficking into the CNS during acute EAE. Collectively, these data indicate that the existence of an inducible expression of NgR1 and NgR3 in specific immune lineage cells upon the induction of EAE, and that the follicular-like NgR1 and NgR3-positive B-cells in the meninges may play an active role during the induction of EAE. It is plausible that an alternate mechanism may be operative with BAFF playing a signalling role in the follicle like structures formed in the CNS of EAE mice, transduced through NgR1 and NgR3. Thus, our data reinforce the idea that blocking the interaction of BAFF and NgR1 and NgR3 may be vital for neuroprotection during inflammatory insults and this thesis presents a novel treatment paradigm, currently under investigation that may limits both adaptive immune response and neurodegenerative mechanisms during EAE.


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Steven Petratos

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Richard Boyed

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Central Clinical School

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