Immune Complexes Inhibit IL-1 Secretion and Inflammasome Activation

Creative Commons License

Janczy J. R. , Çıracı Muğan C. , Haasken S., Iwakura Y., Olivier A. K. , Cassel S. L. , ...More

JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY, vol.193, no.10, pp.5190-5198, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 193 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.4049/jimmunol.1400628
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.5190-5198


IgG immune complexes have been shown to modify immune responses driven by APCs in either a pro-or anti-inflammatory direction depending upon the context of stimulation. However, the ability of immune complexes to modulate the inflammasome-dependent innate immune response is unknown. In this study, we show that IgG immune complexes suppress IL-1 alpha and IL-1 beta secretion through inhibition of inflammasome activation. The mechanism by which this inhibition occurs is via immune complex ligation of activating Fc gamma Rs, resulting in prevention of both activation and assembly of the inflammasome complex in response to nucleotide-binding domain leucine-rich repeat (NLR) P3, NLRC4, or AIM2 agonists. In vivo, administration of Ag in the form of an immune complex during priming of the immune response inhibited resultant adaptive immune responses in an NLRP3-dependent model of allergic airway disease. Our data reveal an unexpected mechanism regulating CD4(+) T cell differentiation, by which immune complexes suppress inflammasome activation and the generation of IL-1 alpha and IL-1 beta from APCs, which are critical for the Ag-driven differentiation of CD4(+) T cells.