Exposure of myeloid dendritic cells to exogenous or endogenous IL-10 during maturation determines their longevity

W. L William Chang, Nicole Baumgarth, Meghan K. Eberhardt, C. Y Daniel Lee, Colin A. Baron, Jeffrey Gregg, Peter A Barry

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Dendritic cells (DC) are essential for the initiation of primary adaptive immune responses, and their functionality is strongly down-modulated by IL-10. Both innate and adaptive immune signals trigger the up-regulation of antiapoptotic Bcl-2 family members to facilitate the survival of DCs after maturation. However, whether IL-10 alters the expression of apoptotic-related genes in maturing DCs has not been determined. In this study, we demonstrate that spontaneous apoptosis rapidly occurred in myeloid DCs exposed to exogenous IL-10 upon maturation. Microarray analysis indicates that IL-10 suppressed the induction of three antiapoptotic genes, bcl-2, bcl-x, and bfl-1, which was coincident with the increased sensitivity of mature DCs to spontaneous apoptosis. IL-10 markedly inhibited the accumulation of steady state Bcl-2 message and protein in myeloid DCs activated through TLRs or TNFR family members, whereas exogenous IL-10 affected Bcl-xL expression in a moderate manner. In contrast, bcl-2 expression of plasmacytoid DCs was less sensitive to the effects of IL-10. We further show that autocrine IL-10 significantly limited the longevity of myeloid DCs and altered the expression kinetics of Bcl-2 but not Bcl-xL in maturing DCs. We conclude that the degree of IL-10 exposure and/or the level of endogenous IL-10 production upon myeloid DC maturation play a critical role in determining DC longevity. This regulatory mechanism of IL-10 is associated with the dynamic control of antiapoptotic Bcl-2 proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7794-7804
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 15 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology


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