Important role of CCR2 in a murine model of coronary vasculitis

Hernan G. Martinez, Marlon P. Quinones, Fabio Jimenez, Carlos Estrada, Kassandra M. Clark, Kazuo Suzuki, Noriko Miura, Naohito Ohno, Sunil K. Ahuja, Seema S. Ahuja

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Background: Chemokines and their receptors play a role in the innate immune response as well as in the disruption of the balance between pro-inflammatory Th17 cells and regulatory T cells (Treg), underlying the pathogenesis of coronary vasculitis in Kawasaki disease (KD).Results: Here we show that genetic inactivation of chemokine receptor (CCR)-2 is protective against the induction of aortic and coronary vasculitis following injection of Candida albicans water-soluble cell wall extracts (CAWS). Mechanistically, both T and B cells were required for the induction of vasculitis, a role that was directly modulated by CCR2. CAWS administration promoted mobilization of CCR2-dependent inflammatory monocytes (iMo) from the bone marrow (BM) to the periphery as well as production of IL-6. IL-6 was likely to contribute to the depletion of Treg and expansion of Th17 cells in CAWS-injected Ccr2+/+ mice, processes that were ameliorated following the genetic inactivation of CCR2.Conclusion: Collectively, our findings provide novel insights into the role of CCR2 in the pathogenesis of vasculitis as seen in KD and highlight novel therapeutic targets, specifically for individuals resistant to first-line treatments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number56
JournalBMC Immunology
StatePublished - Oct 17 2012


  • CCR2
  • Coronary vasculitis
  • Treg
  • Treg/Th17 imbalance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology


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