Analysis of the cellular mechanism underlying inhibition of EAE after treatment with anti-NKG2A F(ab′)2

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  • Autoimmune encephalomyelitis may be ameliorated experimentally by enhancing NK cell-mediated elimination of activated autoreactive T cells through a mutation that interrupts the interaction between Qa-1b and CD94/NKG2A. Here we evaluate the ability of an anti-NKG2A F(ab′) 2 Ab to enhance elimination of autoreactive T cells and reduce experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Anti-NKG2A F(ab′) 2 treatment diminishes progression of both myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)-induced EAE in intact C57BL/6 mice and after adoptive transfer of disease-causing T cells. Analyses of the underlying mechanism revealed that administration of anti-NKG2A F(ab′)2 Ab reduces CD4+ T recall responses to MOG and skews the proportion of IL-17- and IFNγ-producing CD4+ T cells toward the protective IL-4- and IL-10-secreting CD4+ T cell subpopulations. CD94/NKG2A-dependent inhibition of inflammatory damage to spinal cord is associated with decreased infiltration of T cells and reduced microglia activation in the central nervous system. Because anti-NKG2A F(ab′)2 treatment had no detectable effect on the numbers or activity of T and B lymphocytes and NK cells in peripheral lymphoid tissues, this anti-NKG2A-based approach may represent a safe and effective therapy for this CNS disorder.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 834212
  • Author List

  • Leavenworth JW; Schellack C; Kim HJ; Lu L; Spee P; Cantor H
  • Start Page

  • 2562
  • End Page

  • 2567
  • Volume

  • 107
  • Issue

  • 6