A2 Mechanisms underlying activation and polarisation of inflammatory monocytes and organ-specific regeneration in acute and chronic liver disease


Principal Investigator:
Prof. Dr. med. vet. Hannelore Lotter
Department of Molecular Parasitology
Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine
Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 74
20359 Hamburg
Tel.: +49-40-42818-475
Fax: +49-40-42818-512
E-Mail: lotter@bni-hamburg.de

Project description

In the past we were able to identify several immunological mechansims, that are responsible for the liver damage induced by the parasite Entamoeba (E. ) histolytica.

Among other pathways, the activation of the IL-23 / Th17 immune axis is involved, which ultimately leads to an increased recruitment of pro-inflammatory monocytes, which are responsible for the liver damage in the sense of an immunopathology. However, the same monocyte population is protective in the model of Listeria-related liver damage (Project A3). We now want to investigate to what extent these monocytes differ in detail and whether there is more than one population of these cells.

Additionally, we found that certain genes were upregulated in the liver during the regeneration process induced by E. histolytica that might hint towards new mechansims involved in liver regeneration in general. Now we want to investigate these mechanisms in other models for liver damage that are represented within this CRC841.

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In the first funding period we could show that tissue damage evolves from TNFα-secreting, inflammatory monocytes together with an overwhelming activation of liver resident Kupffer cells. Treatment with testosterone further modulated the immune control thereby augmenting tissue damage.

In the future we want to investigate how factors involved in the lipid metabolism, like the apolipoproteins, regulate an excessive immune activation and elucidate which role the sex hormones would play. We also want to analyse whether an imbalance between immunosuppression and immune activation further contributes to the immunopathology during amebic liver abscess development.