Bacterial metabolite interference with maturation of human monocyte-derived dendritic cells

Marcus D. Säemann, Ornella Parolini, Georg A. Böhmig, Peter Kelemen, Peter-Michael Krieger, Josef Neumüller, Katharina Knarr, Willibald Kammlander, Walter H. Hörl, Christos Diakos, Karl Stuhlmeier, Gerhard J. Zlabinger

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Dendritic cells (DC), the most potent APC, are central to antimicrobial immunity. Because of evolutionary pressure, it is reasonable that pathogens have evolved strategies to also subvert this host-defense mechanism. In the present study, we describe a novel way of bacterial interference with DC maturation. The bacterial metabolite n-butyrate, which occurs physiologically in high concentrations in the gastrointestinal tract and has well-known anti-inflammatory effects, is able to prevent LPS-induced maturation of DC resulting in a reduced capability to stimulate T cells. In particular, n-butyrate prevents homotypic DC clustering, inhibits IL-12 while sparing IL-10 production, and at the molecular level, blocks NF-kappa B translocation. These results demonstrate efficient targeting of DC function by a bacterial metabolite, which might explain the particular type of immune responsiveness in the presence of this bacterial agent as exemplified in the gastrointestinal tract.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)238-246
Numero di pagine9
RivistaJournal of Leukocyte Biology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2002


  • Adult
  • Bacteria
  • Butyrates
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Dendritic Cells
  • Humans
  • Immunity
  • Monocytes


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