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1 Immunopathology Path 6266 May 18, 2010 Judy Aronson, M.D.

2 Outline How does the immune response damage tissues? –Hypersensitivity mechanisms –Examples of immunopathologic disease –Autoimmune diseases How does autoimmunity occur? –Mechanisms of peripheral tolerance –Lessons from an experimental model of autoimmune diabetes

3 The double edged sword of immune responses “Immunitas”: Freedom from disease Protective responses against infectious agents “Pathos”: Suffering/ disease Host tissue damage by immune response

4 Hypersensitivity reactions Mechanisms of immune-mediated injury Classified into 4 types (I-IV) Imperfect correlation between hypersensitivity reaction and disease syndrome –In some diseases, all 4 types may contribute –Humoral and cell-mediated mechanisms may co- exist

5 Categories of diseases with immunopathologic components Infectious Allergic Transplant rejection Graft vs. host disease Autoimmune

6 Hypersensitivity Reactions Type I: anaphylactic –allergy, asthma Type II: antibody-mediated –transfusion reaction Type III: immune complex-mediated –post-strep glomerulonephritis Type IV: cell-mediated, delayed type –tuberculosis

7 Type I hypersensitivity Immunoglobulin E (IgE) –made by plasma cells, specific for allergen Mast cells, basophils –Have receptors for Fc portion of IgE molecule –When antigen binds IgE variable regions, degranulation of cells occurs –Histamine and other vasoactive substances are released Severe reactions can be life-threatening!


9 Type I hypersensitivity

10 Mast cell mediators Primary mediators –Histamine: vasodilation and increased permeability, bronchoconstriction, mucus secretion –Tryptase: generate kinins, activate complement –Eosinophil chemotactic factor –Neutrophil chemotactic factor Secondary mediators –Lipid mediators (result from PLA2 activation) PAF LTC4, LTD4: vaso- dilation, bronchospasm LTB4: chemotactic factor PGD2: increased mucus, bronchospasm –Cytokines: TNF, IL-1, IL- 4, IL-5, IL-6)

11 Clinical diseases Systemic anaphylaxis –Urticaria (hives), bronchoconstriction, laryngeal edema, hypersecretion of mucus, vomiting, abdominal cramps –Life threatening Localized reactions—eg urticaria, hay fever Asthma

12 Urticaria (hives)

13 Asthma

14 Type II hypersensitivity Involves IgG or IgM antibodies that react with fixed antigen on cells or tissue components Mechanisms of damage: –cell lysis (complement, MAC) –inflammation (complement activation) –block normal cell function –stimulate excessive cell function

15 Complement A system of about 20 serum proteins Activation is by a proteolytic cascade mechanism –Classical pathway: initiated by Ag-Ab complexes –Alternative pathway: initiated by microbial surface Important products are formed at activating cell surface (opsonins, MAC) and in aqueous environment (anaphylatoxins)

16 Overview of complement activation pathways From: Robbins

17 Complement: Effector functions Formation of membrane attack complex, lysis of target cell Generation of C3a and C5a “anaphylatoxins” –Chemotactic factors for phagocytes, esp. pmn –Leukocyte activation –Mast cell degranulation –Bronchoconstriction Opsonization—coating surface of target cell with C fragments (esp. C3), promoting phagocytosis

18 Downloaded from: Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (on 2 January 2007 07:24 PM) © 2005 Elsevier Activation and effector functions of complement

19 The Lytic Pathway of Complement From: Roitt

20 Biological Effects of C5a From: Roitt

21 Opsonization and phagocytosis From: Roitt

22 Type II Hypersensitivity

23 ABO antigens and transfusion

24 Type III hypersensitivity Caused by immune complexes (antigen- antibody) that are soluble and formed in antigen excess Circulating immune complexes deposited according to size, charge, local hemodynamics, etc. (e.g. glomeruli of kidney, joints, skin, small vessels) Complement is activated, inflammation ensues

25 Type III (Immune complex) Hypersensitivity

26 Normal glomerulus


28 Immune complex glomerulonephritis

29 HBV: Immune complex GN


31 Question to consider, buzz group In a patient with ongoing or active type III hypersensitivity reaction, would you expect the following components in the systemic circulation to be increased, decreased, or unchanged, compared to baseline for the patient? –C3 –C4 –Total complement (CH50)

32 Type IV hypersensitivity T lymphocytes and macrophages are effector cells (cell-mediated immune reactions) Macrophages activated by T cell cytokines (interferon gamma) make granulomas TB is classic example of delayed type hypersensitivity (DTH)

33 T cells have multiple effector functions







40 Non-cytopathic virus interactions with host Zinkernagel, 1997

41 Effects of antiviral T cells Virus featureProtectionImmunopathology Cytopathic+++Not noticeable Noncytopathic With limited spread Widespread or involving essential organs Putative (unknown) non- cytopathic

42 Effects of antiviral T cells (from Zinkernagel, 1997) Virus featureProtectionImmunopathology Cytopathic+++Not noticeable Noncytopathic With limited spread +++/- Widespread or involving essential organs ++++ Putative (unknown) non- cytopathic Not noticeable +++

43 Autoimmunity Occurs when hypersensitivity mechanisms are directed against “self” antigens Breakdown of “tolerance”

44 Requirements for categorization as autoimmune disorder The presence of an autoimmune reaction Clinical or experimental evidence that such a reaction is of primary pathogenetic significance, not secondary to tissue damage from another cause The absence of another well-defined cause of the disease

45 Autoimmune diseases Systemic –SLE (lupus): anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) are characteristic joints, skin, kidneys, blood, heart, and brain can be involved (type III hypersensitivity) –Rheumatoid arthritis Organ-specific –Graves disease (thyroid) –Multiple sclerosis (brain)

46 Central and peripheral tolerance

47 Downloaded from: StudentConsult (on 10 May 2008 09:33 PM) © 2005 Elsevier

48 Downloaded from: StudentConsult (on 10 May 2008 09:33 PM) © 2005 Elsevier

49 2 1 Experimental evidence for failure of “homeostatic mechanisms” in autoimmunity: –1: Failure of AICD –2: Inappropriate co- stimulatory mol. expression

50 Transgenic mouse model of IDDM No spontaneous diabetes mellitus Exocrine pancreas Islets Transgene is LCMV antigen under the control of rat insulin promoter (RIP-LCMV) Expression of transgene in  cells Von Herrath 2002

51 RIP-LCMV transgenic mouse Adoptive transfer of LCMV-reactive CTL “insulitis” No  -cell destruction No IDDM Transgenic mouse model of IDDM

52 Trigger: Infect with LCMV Increased glucose Decreased insulin Beta cell destruction Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus RIP-LCMV transgenic mouse Variable lag time Transgenic mouse model of IDDM

53 Lessons from LCMV-RIP model of IDDM Peripheral tolerance can be broken. This requires: –Activation of APC’s and production of co- stimulatory signals for T cell activation and amplification –Interaction between PBL and islet cells –Upregulation of MHC-II and macrophage activation by viral infection

54 What are the mechanisms of  cell destruction in this model? CTL, perforin-dependent lysis initiates insulitis, but cannot by itself cause IDDM Autoreactive CTL cannot lyse  -cells without upregulation of MHC-I expression Interferon-  (and other inflammatory cytokines) increase MHC-I Beta cell destruction and IDDM required additional direct effect of interferon-  from infiltrating CD4 and CD8 cells

55 LCMV infects islets and leads to antigen-presenting cell activation (MHC-II expression) before arrival of T lymphocytes –Expansion of infiltrating CD4 and CD8 T cells –Continued T cell attack against  cells even after virus is cleared Lessons possibly generalizable to humans? –An “inflammatory environment” facilitates propagation of autoreactive T cells –“Hit and run” model for human autoimmune diseases— disease may be triggered by infection, but continues after agent is cleared Why does LCMV infection cause IDDM in this model, while adoptive transfer of LCMV-reactive T cells does not?

56 Downloaded from: StudentConsult (on 10 May 2008 09:33 PM) © 2005 Elsevier

57 T regs “Natural” and “induced” populations Inhibit sustained T cell responses and prevent immunopathology (but do not inhibit initial T cell activation) Lack characteristics of Th1 or Th2 cells Selectively express Foxp3, (forkhead/winged helix family transcription factors) CD25 is an activation marker (IL-2R  ); operationally, a marker for T reg –Transfer of CD25 depleted T cells from normal mice into syngeneic nude mice>autoimmune diseases

58 Some mechanisms of autoimmune disease 1.Failure of activation-induced cell death –Fas or FasL null mice 2.Breakdown of T cell anergy –Increased co-stimulatory molecules in RA synovium, MS, experimental IDDM 3.Molecular mimicry –Streptococcal M protein and cardiac proteins: acute rheumatic fever 4.Polyclonal lymphocyte activation –Superantigen activation of autoreactive T cells 5.Release of sequestered antigens –Post-traumatic uveitis or orchitis 6.Decreased Treg activity

59 Summary Four general mechanisms have been described by which the immune response can damage host cells and tissues –(type I-IV hypersensitivity reactions) Hypersensitivity mechanisms are important in the pathogenesis of allergic, autoimmune, and some infectious diseases The pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases involves failure of peripheral tolerance Inflammation and inflammatory cytokines play important roles in propagating autoimmune reactions

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