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Experimental autoimmune uveitis as a model of human uveitis

Experimental autoimmune uveitis as a model of human uveitis






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  • ….fall into 2 broad categories…
  • The model we work in is EAU, that represents a number of blinding autoimmune uveitic diseases in humans where patients often have cellular responses to retinal antigens. Those same antigens induce EAU when used for immunization of animals This is what EAU looks like, this is the fundus of the healthy eye and a section through a healthy retina, and this is the eye of a mouse with uveitis - presence disease is easy to recognize. In this study we used IRBP, or interphotoreceptor retinoid binding protein whose role in life is to shuffle vitamin A derivatives between the photoreceptor, where it is made, and the retinal pigment epithelium. EAU is characterized by….etc. Susceptibility to EAU is strain dependent, which is important for the purpose of this presentation
  • …Normal human eye in health and disease
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  • Experimental autoimmune uveitis as a model of human uveitis
    • Intraocular inflammation without an infectious etiology, considered to be autoimmune
    • Strong MHC associations
    • Patients exhibit immunological responses to retinal antigens
    • Improvement with T cell targeting agents (CsA, rapamycin, anti-IL-2R)
    • ~ 70,000 cases/yr
    • Affected age group 20-40 yo
    • Account for ~10% of blindness in the US
    Human autoimmune uveitis Normal human fundus Ocular Sarcoidosis
  • Experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU)
    • An animal model used to represent human immune mediated / endogenous uveitis
    • Induced by immunization with purified retinal antigens
      • S-Ag (arrestin), IRBP, rhodopsin/opsin, phosducin, recoverin
      • Responses to these antigens are seen in some uveitis patients
    • Inducible in a variety of species
      • Mouse, Rat, Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Monkey
      • Pathological manifestations resemble human uveitis
  • Experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU) in mice: a model for human autoimmune uveitis
    • IRBP (Interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein)
      • � 140 KD, 4 domains, conserved � Unique to eye � Functions in retinoid transport
    • Quantitation of disease:
      • Scored on a scale of 0 – 4, according to number and size of lesions.
    • Strain dependence of susceptibility
      • B10.RIII, B10.A - susceptible
      • AKR, BALB/c - resistant
    Normal EAU 2–3 + Fundoscopy Histology Induction: Immunize with IRBP or adoptively transfer primed T cells (Th1) Onset: d 4-6 (cell transfer) or d 9-12 (immunization)
    • Readout:
      • day 14 (cell transfer) or
      • day 21 (immunization)
    • Assess EAU & responses
    // 2 4 6 19 0 21
  • Murine EAU vs. uveitis - clinical and histology EAU in mouse Ocular Sarcoidosis Normal mouse retina Human: Normal fundus Ocular Sarcoidosis Mouse : Normal fundus Uveitic fundus
  • Cellular mechanisms in EAU
    • T cell dependent: Transferred from immunized donors to normal recipients by T cells, but not by serum (although antibodies when present can modify the course of disease)
    • Pathogenic T cell has a Th1-like phenotype
    • Susceptible individuals are genetically predisposed to a Th1 response
    • Long-term T cell lines specific to retinal antigen transfer disease without formation of detectable serum antibodies
    • Disease suppressed or reversed by pharmacological T cell-targeting agents, e.g., CsA, rapamycin, anti-IL-2R Ab
    • Amenable to regulation by Ag-specific genetic therapies through induction of peripheral tolerance
    • IL-10 has a negative regulatory role
  • EAU vs human uveitis: similarities and differences
    • EAU Uveitis
    • Triggering event induced “spontaneous”
    • Reactivity to retinal Ag immunizing Ag S-Ag, IRBP, recoverin
    • Clinical course acute or chronic usually chronic
    • Pathology
      • chororoiditis yes Yes retinitis Yes yes subretinal neovasc some some iridocyclitis yes yes
    • Genetic control MHC & background MHC (background?)
      • MHC genes involved class II class I and class II
    • Central role for T cells Yes (lines, clones) Yes (efficacy of T ce ll targeting treatments)
    • Role of antibodies Modifying Suspected
  • Suggested reading
    • Caspi, R.R. Immune mechanisms in uveitis. Springer Sem. Immunopathol . 21:113-124, 1999.
    • Caspi, Rachel R. The Role of Cytokines in Induction and Regulation of Autoimmune Uveitis. In: Cytokines and Autoimmune Diseases , (V.K. Kuchroo, N. Sarvetnick, D.A. Hafler and L.G. Nicholson, Eds.). pp. 227-245, Humana Press, NJ, 2001
    • Gery, I., R.B. Nussenblatt, C.C. Chan and R.R. Caspi. Autoimmune diseases of the eye. in: The Molecular Pathology of Autoimmune Diseases , 2 nd Edition, (A.N. Theophilopoulos and C.A. Bona,, editors). Taylor and Francis, New York, NY pp. 978-998, 2002
    • Caspi, RR. Th1 and Th2 responses in pathogenesis and regulation of experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis. International Reviews of Immunology 21:197-208, 2002.
    • Pennesi, G and R.R. Caspi. Genetic control of susceptibility in clinical and experimental uveitis. International Reviews of Immunology 21:67-88, 2002.
    • Caspi RR. Regulation, counter-regulation, and immunotherapy of autoimmune responses to immunologically privileged retinal antigens. Immunol Res. 2-3):149-60 (2003).