IL-17, NF-kappaB & Lupus

IL-17 may be a key player in lupus via its effect on NF-kappaB

The study referenced below demonstrated:

  • IL-17 alone or in combination with B cell-activating factor controlled the survival and proliferation of human B cells and their differentiation into immunoglobulin-secreting cells.
  • IL-17 did this via its effect on NF-kB.
  • Patients with lupus have a higher concentration of IL-17 in their blood.
  • The level of IL-17 correlates with the severity of lupus – more IL-17 means worse lupus.

The publication:

July, 2009

Interleukin 17 acts in synergy with B cell-activating factor to influence B cell biology and the pathophysiology of systemic lupus erythematosus.

Summary of the abstract

Studies have suggested involvement of interleukin 17 (IL-17) in autoimmune diseases, although its effect on B cell biology has not been clearly established.

Here we demonstrate that IL-17 alone or in combination with B cell-activating factor controlled the survival and proliferation of human B cells and their differentiation into immunoglobulin-secreting cells. This effect was mediated mainly through the nuclear factor-kappaB-regulated transcription factor Twist-1.

In support of the relevance of our observations and the potential involvement of IL-17 in B cell biology, we found that the serum of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus had higher concentrations of IL-17 than did the serum of healthy people and that IL-17 abundance correlated with the disease severity of systemic lupus erythematosus.


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