Sphingosine-1-phosphate reduces CD4 + T-cell activation in type 1 diabetes through regulation of hypoxia-inducible factor short isoform I.1 and CD69

Suseela Srinivasan, David T. Bolick, Dmitriy Lukashev, Courtney Lappas, Michail Sitkovsky, Kevin R. Lynch, Catherine C. Hedrick

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OBJECTIVES-Non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice develop spontaneous type 1 diabetes. We have shown that sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) reduces activation of NOD diabetic endothelium via the S1P1 receptor. In the current study, we tested the hypothesis that S1P could inhibit CD4 + T-cell activation, further reducing inflammatory events associated with diabetes.RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS-CD4 + T-cells were isolated from diabetic and nondiabetic NOD mouse splenocytes and treated in the absence or presence of S1P or the S1P1 receptor-specific agonist, SEW2871. Lymphocyte activation was examined using flow cytometry, cytokine bead assays, and a lymphocyte:endothelial adhesion assay.RESULTS-Diabetic T-cells secreted twofold more γ-interferon (IFN-γ) and interleukin-17 than nondiabetic lymphocytes. Pre-treatment with either S1P or SEW2871 significantly reduced cytokine secretion by ∼50%. Flow cytometry analysis showed increased expression of CD69, a marker of lymphocyte activation, on diabetic T-cells. Both S1P and SEW2871 prevented upregulation of CD69 on CD4 + cells. Quantitative RT-PCR showed that lymphocytes from diabetic NOD mice had 2.5-fold lower hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α short isoform I.1 (HIF1αI.1) mRNA levels than control. HIF1αI.1 is a negative regulator of lymphocyte activation. S1P significantly increased HIF1α I.1 mRNA levels in both control and diabetic groups. IFN-γproduction and surface CD69 expression was significantly increased in lymphocytes of HIF1αdI.1-deficient mice. S1P did not reduce either CD69 or IFN-γ expression in lymphocytes from HIF1αI.1- deficient mice.CONCLUSIONS-S1P acts through the S1P1 receptor and HIF1α I.1 to negatively regulate T-cell activation, providing a vascular complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)484-493
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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