Thymic stromal lymphopoietin-dependent basophils promote Th2 cytokine responses following intestinal helminth infection

Paul R. Giacomin, Mark C. Siracusa, Kevin P. Walsh, Richard K. Grencis, Masato Kubo, Michael R. Comeau, David Artis

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    CD4+ Th2 cytokine responses promote the development of allergic inflammation and are critical for immunity to parasitic helminth infection. Recent studies highlighted that basophils can promote Th2 cytokine-mediated inflammation and that phenotypic and functional heterogeneity exists between classical IL-3-elicited basophils and thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP)-elicited basophils. However, whether distinct basophil populations develop after helminth infection and their relative contributions to anti-helminth immune responses remain to be defined. After Trichinella spiralis infection of mice, we show that basophil responses are rapidly induced in multiple tissue compartments, including intestinal-draining lymph nodes. Trichinella-induced basophil responses were IL-3-IL-3R independent but critically dependent on TSLP-TSLPR interactions. Selective depletion of basophils after Trichinella infection impaired infection-induced CD4+ Th2 cytokine responses, suggesting that TSLP-dependent basophils augment Th2 cytokine responses after helminth infection. The identification and functional classification of TSLP-dependent basophils in a helminth infection model, coupled with their recently described role in promoting atopic dermatitis, suggests that these cells may be a critical population in promoting Th2 cytokine-associated inflammation in a variety of inflammatory or infectious settings. Collectively, these data suggest that the TSLP-basophil pathway may represent a new target in the design of therapeutic intervention strategies to promote or limit Th2 cytokine-dependent immunity and inflammation. Copyright © 2012 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4371-4378
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Immunology
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012


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