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Title: Immunomodulation of atherosclerosis using dendritic cells.
Author: Milioti, Natalia
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2013
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Inflammation plays a crucial role in atherosclerotic plaque generation/progression. Dendritic cells (DCs). cellular immune-response components linking innate and adaptive immune systems, have been found in atherosclerotic plaques. In this study, Des were examined as a possible therapeutic tool to modulate the inflammatory immune response underlying plaque formation. Apolipoprotein (apo) B-100 derived antigens are believed to modulate humoral immune responses to achieve atheroprotection, but their role in cellular immunity remains unclear. Therefore, one objective was to characterise the immunomodulatory effect of apoB-100-derived peptides (P2, P45, P210) on immature DCs (iDCs) and naive T lymphocytes ill vitro. iDCs were generated from bone-marrow progenitor-cells of male apoE-'- mice. Peptide up-take and processing was studied by confocal microscopy after 6h, 2411 and 48h. Peptide P45 was found in the endolysosomal compartments, co-localising with MHC-I and :MHC-II antigen-presenting complexes. The phenotypic and differentiation characteristics of P2, P45 and P21O-Joaded DCs were studied by flow cytometry, and cytokine and matrix metalloproleinase production by PCR/ELISA after 48h. Proliferation and differentiation of T lymphocytes driven by peptide-loaded DCs was also studied. Peptide-loaded DCs displayed a tolerogenie phenotype similar to that of unloaded, iDCs, and inhibited CD4+ proliferation induced by mature DCs when co-cultured. My results suggest that the protective effect of the peptides could be mediated by DCs presenting them to T cells. A second objective was to examine the effect of vaccination with tolerogenic DCs (toIDCs), generated in vitro through incubation with IL-10 and TGF-β for 6 days, on atherosclerotic progression in apoE-/- mice. This showed that immunisation with tolDCs increased the number of CD8+CD25'FoxP3+ T regulatory cells as well as secretion of IL-l0 within the spleen of immunised mice. IL- l0 levels were also elevated in the serum, while cholesterol levels were reduced, although plaque size remained unchanged. These results provide new insights for treatment and prevention of atherosclerosis through vaccination.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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