Polymerized-type I collagen induces upregulation of Foxp3-expressing CD4 regulatory T cells and downregulation of IL-17-producing CD4⁺ T cells (Th17) cells in collagen-induced arthritis.

Clin Dev Immunol. 2012;2012:618608.

Furuzawa-Carballeda J, Macip-Rodríguez P, Galindo-Feria AS, Cruz-Robles D, Soto-Abraham V, Escobar-Hernández S, Aguilar D, Alpizar-Rodríguez D, Férez-Blando K, Llorente L.

Department of Immunology and Rheumatology, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, Vasco de Quiroga No. 15, Colonia Sección XVI, Tlalpan, 14000 Mexico City, DF, Mexico. jfuruzawa@gmail.com


Previous studies showed that polymerized-type I collagen (polymerized collagen) exhibits potent immunoregulatory properties. This work evaluated the effect of intramuscular administration of polymerized collagen in early and established collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) in mice and analyzed changes in Th subsets following therapy. Incidence of CIA was of 100% in mice challenged with type II collagen. Clinimorphometric analysis showed a downregulation of inflammation after administration of all treatments (P < 0.05). Histological analysis showed that the CIA-mice group had extensive bone erosion, pannus and severe focal inflammatory infiltrates. In contrast, there was a remarkable reduction in the severity of arthritis in mice under polymerized collagen, methotrexate or methotrexate/polymerized collagen treatment. Polymerized Collagen but not methotrexate induced tissue joint regeneration. Polymerized Collagen and methotrexate/polymerized collagen but not methotrexate alone induces downregulation of CD4(+)/IL17A(+) T cells and upregulation of Tregs and CD4(+)/IFN-γ(+) T cells. Thus, Polymerized Collagen could be an effective therapeutic agent in early and established rheumatoid arthritis by exerting downregulation of autoimmune inflammation.

PMID: 22028728

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