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Front. Immunol. | doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.02058

Proinflammatory differentiation of macrophages through microparticles that form immune complexes leads to T- and B-cell activation in systemic autoimmune diseases

  • 1University of Antioquia, Colombia
  • 2Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación, Colombia

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) demonstrate increased circulating microparticles (MP). These vesicles, primarily those that form immune complexes (MP-IC), may activate monocytes. We evaluated the effect of MP and MP-IC in the differentiation of monocytes to macrophages (monocyte-derived macrophages; MDM) and for consequences in autologous lymphocyte activation.

Monocytes from healthy controls (HC) and patients with RA and SLE that differentiated into MDM in the presence of MP-IC showed a proinflammatory (M1-like) profile, which was more evident using MP-IC from patients with RA than those from patients with SLE. Notably, MDM from HC and patients with RA that differentiated with MP-IC were more prone to M1-like profile than those from patients with SLE. In HC and patients with RA, monocyte differentiation using MP-IC decreased the frequency of MDM that bound/internalised latex beads. The M1-like profile did not completely revert following IL-4 treatment. The effect of M1-like MDM on T lymphocytes stimulated with phytohemagglutinin was further evaluated. MDM differentiated with MP enhanced the proliferation of T cells obtained from patients with RA compared with those differentiated with MP-IC or without vesicles. Neither MP nor MP-IC induced interferon (IFN)-+ and tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-+ T cells in patients with RA. Conversely, unlike MDM differentiated with or without MP, MP-IC enhanced the proliferation and increased the frequencies of IFN-g+CD4+ T, TNF-a+CD4+ T and IFN-g+CD8+ T cells in patients with SLE. The co-culture of B cells with MDM obtained from patients with RA and SLE and differentiated with MP-IC increased the expression of B-cell activation markers and prevented B lymphocyte death. Strikingly, only for patients with SLE, these responses seemed to be associated with a significant increase in B-cell activating factor levels, high plasmablast frequency and immunoglobulin production.

These results showed that MP-IC from patients with systemic autoimmune diseases favoured the polarisation of MDM into a proinflammatory profile that promotes T-cell activation , and additionally induced B-cell activation and survival. Therefore, the effect of MP-IC in mononuclear phagocytes may be an important factor for modulating adaptive responses in systemic autoimmune diseases.

Keywords: microparticles, macrophage, M1-like activation, M2-like activation, Systemic autoimmune diseases, Rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus

Received: 14 Dec 2018; Accepted: 14 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Burbano, Villar-Vesga, Vásquez, Muñoz-Vahos, Rojas and Castaño. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Diana Castaño, University of Antioquia, Medellín, 500001, Antioquia, Colombia,