Epigenetic control of IL-23 expression in keratinocytes is important for chronic skin inflammation

Hui Li, Qi Yao, Alberto Garcia Mariscal, Xudong Wu, Justus Hülse, Esben Pedersen, Kristian Helin, Ari Waisman, Caroline Vinkel, Simon Francis Thomsen, Alexandra Avgustinova, Salvador Aznar Benitah, Paola Lovato, Hanne Norsgaard, Mette Sidsel Mortensen, Lone Veng, Björn Rozell, Cord Brakebusch

Abstract

The chronic skin inflammation psoriasis is crucially dependent on the IL-23/IL-17 cytokine axis. Although IL-23 is expressed by psoriatic keratinocytes and immune cells, only the immune cell-derived IL-23 is believed to be disease relevant. Here we use a genetic mouse model to show that keratinocyte-produced IL-23 is sufficient to cause a chronic skin inflammation with an IL-17 profile. Furthermore, we reveal a cell-autonomous nuclear function for the actin polymerizing molecule N-WASP, which controls IL-23 expression in keratinocytes by regulating the degradation of the histone methyltransferases G9a and GLP, and H3K9 dimethylation of the IL-23 promoter. This mechanism mediates the induction of IL-23 by TNF, a known inducer of IL-23 in psoriasis. Finally, in keratinocytes of psoriatic lesions a decrease in H3K9 dimethylation correlates with increased IL-23 expression, suggesting relevance for disease. Taken together, our data describe a molecular pathway where epigenetic regulation of keratinocytes can contribute to chronic skin inflammation.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftNature Communications
Vol/bind9
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)1420
ISSN2041-1722
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 12 apr. 2018

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