Targeting DCIR on human plasmacytoid dendritic cells results in antigen presentation and inhibits IFN-ά production

Friederike Meyer-Wentrup, Daniel Benitez-Ribas, Paul J. Tacken, Cornells J.A. Punt, Carl G. Figdor, I. Jolanda M. De Vries, Gosse J. Adema

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C-type lectin receptors (CLRs) fulfill multiple functions within the immune system by recognition of carbohydrate moieties on foreign or (altered) self-structures. CLRs on myeloid dendritic cells (DCs) have been well characterized as patternrecognition receptors (PRRs) combining ligand internalization with complex signaling events. Much less is known about CLR expression and function in human plasmacytoid DCs (pDCs), the major type I interferon (IFN) producers. In this study,we demonstrate that, next to the CLR BDCA-2, human pDCs express DC immunoreceptor (DCIR), a CLR with putative immune-inhibitory function, but not dec-tin-1, mannose receptor, or DC-specific ICAM-3-grabbing nonintegrin. DCIR surface levels are reduced on pDC maturation after TLR9 triggering. Interestingly, DCIR triggering inhibits TLR9-induced IFN-α production while leaving up-regula-tion of costimulatory molecule expression unaffected. Furthermore, DCIR is readily internalized into pDCs after receptor triggering. We show that DCIR internalization is clathrin-dependent because it can be inhibited by hypertonic shock and dominant-negative dynamin. Importantly, antigens targeted to pDCs via DCIR are presented to T cells. These findings indicate that targeting DCIR on pDCs not only results in efficient antigen presentation but also affects TLR9-induced IFN-α production. Collectively, the data show that targeting of DCIR can modulate human pDC function and may be applied in dis-ease preven-tion and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4245-4253
Number of pages9
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


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