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Balb/c FasKO mice develop allergic blepharitis associated with hyper-production of IgE

Fas is a member of the TNF receptor family and crucial for induction of apoptosis. MRL- lpr/lpr mice, which carry a mutation of Fas, spontaneously develop systemic autoimmune disease including arthropathy, indicating that Fas plays an important role in elimination of self-reactive immunocytes by apoptosis. In addition to autoimmune diseases, we found a novel phenotype of FasKO mice exclusively in Balb/c genetic background that is allergic blepharitis. Allergic blepharitis is revealed in Balb/c FasKO mice from 15 week-old and about 85% of the mice suffered from allergic blepharitis at 35 week-old. Serum concentrations of both IgG1 and IgE Abs were about 100-times higher in 20-week old FasKO mice than in WT mice; however, there was no significant difference between WT and FasKO mice in the ability of B cells to produce IgG1 and IgE Abs in the presence of IL-4 and anti-CD40 Ab inducing co-stimulatory signals. Additionally, the production of IL-4 by T cells was same. These results suggested that other type of cells enhanced IgG1 and IgE Abs production from B cells in Balb/c FasKO mice. To identify the cells enhancing IgG1 and IgE Abs production, we cultured B cells in vitro in the presence of IL-4 and anti-CD40 Ab together with various types of cells from Balb/c FasKO mice. In the result, we found FasKO non-T non-B cells upregulated the production of both IgG1 and IgE from B cells. Moreover, the number of these cells was specifically increased in Balb/c FasKO mice.All the results indicate that these cells enhance production of IgG1 and IgE from B cells in the presence of IL-4 and anti-CD40 Ab, and excessive accumulation of these cells may cause allergy via hyper-production of IgE.

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Balb/c FasKO mice develope allergic blepharitis.


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Fukuoka, A., Yumikura-Futatsugi, S., Takahashi, S. et al. Balb/c FasKO mice develop allergic blepharitis associated with hyper-production of IgE. Arthritis Res Ther 14 (Suppl 1), P19 (2012).

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