In vivo Function of Differential Subsets of Cutaneous Dendritic Cells to Induce Th17 Immunity in Intradermal Candida albicans Infection

Jeyun Park, Sung Hee Kim, Joohee Lee, Lihua Che, Won Seok Roh, Chang Ook Park, Min Geol Lee, Tae Gyun Kim

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The skin is the outermost barrier organ in the body, which contains several types of dendritic cells (DCs), a group of professional antigen-presenting cells. When the skin encounters invading pathogens, different cutaneous DCs initiate a distinct T cell immune response to protect the body. Among the invading pathogens, fungal infection specifically drives a protective interleukin-17-producing Th17 immune response. A protocol was developed to efficiently differentiate Th17 cells by intradermal Candida albicans infection to investigate a subset of cutaneous DCs responsible for inducing Th17 immunity. Flow cytometry and gene expression analyses revealed a prominent induction of Th17 immune response in skin-draining lymph nodes and infected skin. Using diphtheria toxin-induced DC subset-depleting mouse strains, CD301b+ dermal DCs were found to be responsible for mounting optimal Th17 differentiation in this model. Thus, this protocol provides a valuable method to study in vivo function of differential subsets of cutaneous DCs to determine Th17 immunity against deep skin fungal infection.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere62731
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number173
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jul

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by Samjung-Dalim Faculty research grant of Yonsei University College of Medicine (6-2019-0125), by a Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Republic of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education (2019R1A6A1A03032869) and Ministry of Science and Information and Communications Technology (2018R1A5A2025079, 2019M3A9E8022135, and 2020R1C1C1014513), and by Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC, 2020-ER6714-00).

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© 2021 JoVE Journal of Visualized Experiments.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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