Effects of PARP-1 deficiency on Th1 and Th2 cell differentiation

M. Sambucci, F. Laudisi, F. Novelli, E. Bennici, M.M. Rosado, C. Pioli

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T cell differentiation to effector Th cells such as Th1 and Th2 requires the integration of multiple synergic and antagonist signals. Poly(ADP-ribosy)lation is a posttranslational modification of proteins catalyzed by Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases (PARPs). Recently, many reports showed that PARP-1, the prototypical member of the PARP family, plays a role in immune/inflammatory responses. Consistently, its enzymatic inhibition confers protection in several models of immune-mediated diseases, mainly through an inhibitory effect on NF- B (and NFAT) activation. PARP-1 regulates cell functions in many types of immune cells, including dendritic cells, macrophages, and T and B lymphocytes. Our results show that PARP-1KO cells displayed a reduced ability to differentiate in Th2 cells. Under both nonskewing and Th2-polarizing conditions, naïve CD4 cells from PARP-1KO mice generated a reduced frequency of IL-4+ cells, produced less IL-5, and expressed GATA-3 at lower levels compared with cells from wild type mice. Conversely, PARP-1 deficiency did not substantially affect differentiation to Th1 cells. Indeed, the frequency of IFN- γ + cells as well as IFN- γ production, in nonskewing and Th1-polarizing conditions, was not affected by PARP-1 gene ablation. These findings demonstrate that PARP-1 plays a relevant role in Th2 cell differentiation and it might be a target to be exploited for the modulation of Th2-dependent immune-mediated diseases. © 2013 M. Sambucci et al.
Original languageEnglish
Article number375024
Pages (from-to)-
JournalThe Scientific World Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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Sambucci, M., Laudisi, F., Novelli, F., Bennici, E., Rosado, M. M., & Pioli, C. (2013). Effects of PARP-1 deficiency on Th1 and Th2 cell differentiation. The Scientific World Journal, 2013, -. [375024]. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/375024