Granulocyte and Monocyte Adsorption Apheresis Therapy Modulates Monocyte-Derived Dendritic Cell Function in Patients With Ulcerative Colitis
The aim of this study was to elucidate the molecular mechanisms responsible for the therapeutic effects of granulocyte and monocyte adsorption apheresis (GMA). We investigated the alterations in circulating monocyte subsets and monocyte-derived dendritic cell (moDC) function after GMA therapy in ulcerative colitis (UC) patients. Eighteen patients with UC were enrolled: 14 patients were responders, and 4 patients were non-responders. Peripheral venous blood was obtained within 5 min before and 5 min after GMA therapy. Flow cytometric analysis for monocyte markers (CD14/CD16) was then performed. Monocyte-derived dendritic cells were obtained and alterations in their phenotype were analyzed by flow cytometry. Their function was also analyzed in a mixed lymphocyte reaction assay between allo-naïve T lymphocytes. Flow cytometric analysis for intracellular interferon (IFN)-γ (T-helper 1 cells) and interleukin (IL)-4 (T-helper 2 cells) was then performed for the stimulated T lymphocytes. In patients who responded to GMA, the average numbers of monocytes, especially CD16+ monocytes, were significantly decreased after therapy (P < 0.05). In responders, post-GMA moDCs expressed significantly lower CD80 and B7-DC, which are one of the stimulation and maturation markers of dendritic cells, compared to pre-GMA moDCs. CD83, CD86 and human leukocytcde antigen-DR also showed a tendency to decrease. In responders, naïve T lymphocytes stimulated with post-GMA moDCs produced significantly less IFN-γ and IL-4 compared to those stimulated with pre-GMA moDCs. The results of our study show that some of the immunosuppressive effects of GMA therapy may be associated with the modulation of monocyte subsets and moDC function.
Reduction of Dendritic Cells by Granulocyte and Monocyte Adsorption Apheresis in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis
The influence of the granulocyte/monocyte apheresis (GMCAP) on cell populations participating in mechanisms of tolerance, e.g. dendritic cells (DCs), is still not very clear. In a first step, we aimed to investigate changes in the DC population of patients suffering from ulcerative colitis (UC) (n = 13) compared to healthy subjects (n = 9). In a second step, we studied the changes in peripheral DCs in a small group of patients with active UC before and after Adacolumn apheresis (n = 7). For this purpose, plasmacytoid and myeloid DCs and their maturation markers CD40, CD80, and CD86 were measured using four-color flow cytometry in the peripheral blood. After apheresis, and in acute flare-ups, we identified a significantly lower number of lymphocytes, plasmacytoid, and myeloid DCs. In conclusion, the additional removal of peripheral DCs by GMCAP, which otherwise would contribute to the inflammatory process in the gut, may lead to a higher tolerogeneic status towards luminal antigens.
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