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The recent discovery and characterization of T helper 17 cells (Th17) and their signature cytokines (IL-17) represents a hallmark in T-cell immunobiology by providing a new distinctive pathway for the communication between adaptive and innate immunity. From the six members of the IL-17 cytokine family presently known, at least two have evident proinflammatory qualities and are involved in several chronic inflammatory disorders, including inflammatoryRead more
Autoimmunity against type VII collagen, an adhesion molecule of the extracellular matrix in epithelial basement membranes, is causing the rare organ-specific epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA). An intriguing association between EBA and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has been extensively documented over the last decades, but, due to the very low incidence of EBA, received little attention from physicians involved in the care of patients withRead more
In contrast to healthy conditions, intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) stimulate proinflammatory CD4+ and CD8+ T cells during Crohn's disease (CD). The underlying regulatory mechanisms remain unknown. Here we investigated the epithelial expression of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) I and MHC II and its interference with endocytic pathways, in vivo. During ileoscopy, ovalbumin (OVA) was sprayed onto ileal mucosa of CD patients (ileitis and remission)Read more
In Crohn's disease (CD), colonic epithelial cells (CECs) are suggested to stimulate pro-inflammatory CD4+ T cells. However, the endocytic pathways of luminal antigens involved in underlying MHC class II presentation by CECs remain unknown. Our aim was to elucidate antigen trafficking and associated MHC class II expression in CECs of CD patients in vivo. In CD patients (Crohn's colitis and remission) and healthy controls undergoing colonoscopy, ovalbuminRead more