Dietary Vitamin D Increases Percentages and Function of Regulatory T Cells in the Skin-Draining Lymph Nodes and Suppresses Dermal Inflammation

Shelley Gorman, Sian Geldenhuys, M. Judge, Clare E. Weeden, Jason Waithman, Prudence H. Hart

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© 2016 Shelley Gorman et al.Skin inflammatory responses in individuals with allergic dermatitis may be suppressed by dietary vitamin D through induction and upregulation of the suppressive activity of regulatory T (T R e g) cells. Vitamin D may also promote T R e g cell tropism to dermal sites. In the current study, we examined the capacity of dietary vitamin D3 to modulate skin inflammation and the numbers and activity of T R e g cells in skin and other sites including lungs, spleen, and blood. In female BALB/c mice, dietary vitamin D3 suppressed the effector phase of a biphasic ear swelling response induced by dinitrofluorobenzene in comparison vitamin D3-deficient female BALB/c mice. Vitamin D3 increased the percentage of T R e g (CD3+CD4+CD25+Foxp3+) cells in the skin-draining lymph nodes (SDLN). The suppressive activity of T R e g cells in the SDLN, mesenteric lymph nodes, spleen, and blood was upregulated by vitamin D3. However, there was no difference in the expression of the naturally occurring T R e g cell marker, neuropilin, nor the expression of CCR4 or CCR10 (skin-tropic chemokine receptors) on T R e g cells in skin, SDLN, lungs, and airway-draining lymph nodes. These data suggest that dietary vitamin D3 increased the percentages and suppressive activity of T R e g cells in the SDLN, which are poised to suppress dermal inflammation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1426503
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Immunology Research
Volume2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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