Scrutinizing the mechanisms underlying the induction of anemia of inflammation through GPI-mediated modulation of macrophage activation in a model of African trypanosomiasis.

TitleScrutinizing the mechanisms underlying the induction of anemia of inflammation through GPI-mediated modulation of macrophage activation in a model of African trypanosomiasis.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsStijlemans, B., A. Vankrunkelsven, L. Brys, G. Raes, S. Magez, and P. De Baetselier
JournalMicrobes Infect
Volume12
Issue5
Pagination389-99
Date Published2010 May
ISSN1769-714X
KeywordsAnemia, Animals, Cytokines, Female, Glycosylphosphatidylinositols, Humans, Inflammation, Iron, Macrophage Activation, Macrophages, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Serum, Trypanosoma brucei brucei, Trypanosomiasis, African
Abstract

In animal trypanosomiasis the severity of infection is reflected by the degree of anemia which resembles anemia of inflammation, involving a skewed iron homeostasis leading to iron accumulation within the reticuloendothelial system. Myeloid cells (M cells) have been implicated in the induction and maintenance of this type of anemia and modulation of M cells through the main trypanosome-derived glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchor could attenuate both anemia and trypano-susceptibility in Trypanosoma brucei-infected mice. Herein the GPI-based treatment, allowing a straightforward comparison between trypanotolerance and susceptibility in T. brucei-infected C57Bl/6 mice, was further adopted to scrutinize mechanisms/pathways underlying trypanosome-elicited anemia. Hereby, the following interlinkable observations were made in GPI-based treated (GBT) T. brucei-infected mice: (i) a reduced inflammatory cytokine production and increased IL-10 production associated with alleviation of anemia and restoration of serum iron levels, (ii) a shift in increased liver expression of iron storage towards iron export genes, (iii) increased erythropoiesis in the bone marrow and extramedullar sites (spleen) probably reflecting a normalized iron homeostasis and availability. Collectively, our results demonstrate that reprogramming macrophages towards an anti-inflammatory state alleviates anemia of inflammation by normalizing iron homeostasis and restoring erythropoiesis.

DOI10.1016/j.micinf.2010.02.006
Alternate JournalMicrobes Infect.
PubMed ID20197106