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C5a receptor 1-/- mice are protected from the development of IgE-mediated experimental food allergy.

A new interesting article has been published in Allergy. 2018 Oct 19. doi: 10.1111/all.13637. [Epub ahead of print] and titled:

C5a receptor 1-/- mice are protected from the development of IgE-mediated experimental food allergy.

Authors of this article are:

Kordowski A, Reinicke AT, Wu D, Orinska Z, Hagemann P, Huber-Lang M, Lee JB, Wang YH, Hogan SP, Köhl J.

A summary of the article is shown below:

BACKGROUND: Food-induced anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction caused by Fcε-receptor activation on mast cells (MCs). The exact mechanisms breaking oral tolerance and the effector pathways driving food allergy remain elusive. As complement is activated in food-induced anaphylaxis, we aimed to assess the role of C5a in disease pathogenesis.METHODS: Oral antigen-induced food-induced anaphylaxis was induced in BALB/c wildtype (wt) and C5ar1-/- mice. Readouts included diarrhea development, changes in rectal temperature, hematocrit, antigen-specific serum IgE, MCPT-1 and intestinal MC numbers as well as FcεR1-mediated MC functions including C5a receptor 1 (C5aR1) regulation. Further, histamine-mediated hypothermia and regulation of endothelial tight junctions were determined.RESULTS: Repeated oral OVA challenge resulted in diarrhea, hypothermia, increased hematocrit, high OVA-specific serum IgE and MCPT-1 levels in wt mice. Male C5ar1-/- mice were completely whereas female C5ar1-/- were partially protected from anaphylaxis development. Serum MCPT-1 levels were reduced gender-independent, whereas IgE levels were reduced in male but not in female C5ar1-/- mice. Mechanistically, IgE-mediated degranulation and IL-6 production from C5ar1-/- BMMCs of both sexes were significantly reduced. Importantly, FcεR1 cross-linking strongly upregulated C5aR1 MC expression in vitro and in vivo. Finally, C5ar1-/- male mice were largely protected from histamine-induced hypovolemic shock, which was associated with protection from histamine-induced barrier dysfunction in vitro following C5aR targeting.CONCLUSIONS: Our findings identify C5aR1 activation as an important driver of IgE-mediated food allergy through regulation of allergen specific IgE production, FcεR1-mediated MC degranulation and histamine-driven effector functions preferentially in male mice. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as:

Complement;IgE;food allergy;histamine;mast cell

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