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Autoimmune disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

CD1D; IL-10; signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3)

Mouse studies suggest epithelial CD1D could help protect against intestinal inflammation in IBD. In a mouse model of chemical-induced colitis, intestinal epithelial cell-specific knockout of Cd1d increased disease severity and mortality compared with no alteration. In the mice, intestinal epithelial Cd1d protected against intestinal inflammation through the activation of Stat3 and Stat3-dependent transcription of the anti-inflammatory cytokine Il-10 and also reinforced expression of Cd1d itself. Next steps could include developing a strategy to selectively upregulate intestinal epithelial CD1D signaling.

SciBX 7(18); doi:10.1038/scibx.2014.515
Published online May 8, 2014

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Olszak, T. et al. Nature; published online April 6, 2014;
Contact: Richard S. Blumberg, Harvard Medical School,
Boston, Mass.
Contact: Sebastian Zeissig, same affiliation as above