Targeting of phospholipase d1 ameliorates collagen-induced arthritis via modulation of treg and Th17 cell imbalance and suppression of osteoclastogenesis

Hyun Jung Yoo, Won Chan Hwang, Do Sik Min

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Phospholipase D1 (PLD1) plays a crucial role in various inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic and systemic autoimmune disease. However, the role of PLD1 in the pathogenesis of RA remains unknown. Here, we first investigated the role and effects of PLD1 in collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) and found that genetic and pharmacological inhibition of PLD1 in DBA1/J mice with CIA reduced the incidence of CIA, decreased the clinical score, and abrogated disease symptoms including infiltration of leukocytes, synovial inflammation, bone erosion, and cartilage destruction. Moreover, ablation and inhibition of PLD1 suppressed the production of type II collagen-specific IgG2a autoantibody and proinflammatory cytokines, accompanied by an increase in the regulatory T (Treg) cell population and a decrease in the Th17 cell population in CIA mice. The PLD1 inhibitor also promoted differentiation of Treg cells and suppressed differentiation of Th17 cells in vitro. Furthermore, the PLD1 inhibitor attenuated pathologic bone destruction in CIA mice by suppressing osteoclastogenesis and bone resorption. Thus, our findings indicate that the targeting of PLD1 can ameliorate CIA by modulating the imbalance of Treg and Th17 cells and suppressing osteoclastogenesis, which might be a novel strategy to treat autoimmune diseases, such as RA.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3230
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May 2

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Funding Information:
Funding: This research was funded by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government (NRF-2018R1A2B3002179) and by the Yonsei University Research Fund of 2019-22-0193APC.

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© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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