IL233, A Novel IL-2 and IL-33 Hybrid Cytokine, Ameliorates Renal Injury.


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CD4+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) protect the kidney during AKI. We previously found that IL-2, which is critical for Treg homeostasis, upregulates the IL-33 receptor (ST2) on CD4+ T cells, thus we hypothesized that IL-2 and IL-33 cooperate to enhance Treg function. We found that a major subset of Tregs in mice express ST2, and coinjection of IL-2 and IL-33 increased the number of Tregs in lymphoid organs and protected mice from ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) more efficiently than either cytokine alone. Accordingly, we generated a novel hybrid cytokine (IL233) bearing the activities of IL-2 and IL-33 for efficient targeting to Tregs. IL233 treatment increased the number of Tregs in blood and spleen and prevented IRI more efficiently than a mixture of IL-2 and IL-33. Injection of IL233 also increased the numbers of Tregs in renal compartments. Moreover, IL233-treated mice had fewer splenic Tregs and more Tregs in kidneys after IRI. In vitro, splenic Tregs from IL233-treated mice suppressed CD4+ T cell proliferation better than Tregs from saline-treated controls. IL233 treatment also improved the ability of isolated Tregs to inhibit IRI in adoptive transfer experiments and protected mice from cisplatin- and doxorubicin-induced nephrotoxic injury. Finally, treatment with IL233 increased the proportion of ST2-bearing innate lymphoid cells (ILC2) in blood and kidneys, and adoptive transfer of ILC2 also protected mice from IRI. Thus, the novel IL233 hybrid cytokine, which utilizes the cooperation of IL-2 and IL-33 to enhance Treg- and ILC2-mediated protection from AKI, bears strong therapeutic potential.

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Cited Authors

  • Stremska, ME; Jose, S; Sabapathy, V; Huang, L; Bajwa, A; Kinsey, GR; Sharma, PR; Mohammad, S; Rosin, DL; Okusa, MD; Sharma, R

Published Date

  • September 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 2681 - 2693

PubMed ID

  • 28539382

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28539382

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-3450

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1046-6673

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1681/asn.2016121272


  • eng