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Leptin and regulatory T-lymphocytes in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Abstract : Immune mechanisms and autoimmunity seem to play a significant role in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH) pathogenesis and/or progression, but the pathophysiology is still unclear. Recent evidence has demonstrated a detrimental involvement of leptin in promoting various autoimmune diseases by controlling regulatory T-lymphocytes. Despite this knowledge, the role of leptin in IPAH is currently unknown. We hypothesised that leptin, synthesised by dysfunctional pulmonary endothelium, might play a role in the immunopathogenesis of IPAH by regulating circulating regulatory T-lymphocytes function. First, we collected serum and regulatory T-lymphocytes from controls, and IPAH and scleroderma-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (SSc-PAH) patients; secondly, we recovered tissue samples and cultured endothelial cells after either surgery or transplantation in controls and IPAH patients, respectively. Our findings indicate that serum leptin was higher in IPAH and SSc-PAH patients than controls. Circulating regulatory T-lymphocyte numbers were comparable in all groups, and the percentage of those expressing leptin receptor was higher in IPAH and SSc-PAH compared with controls, whereas their function was reduced in IPAH and SSc-PAH patients compared with controls, in a leptin-dependent manner. Furthermore, endothelial cells from IPAH patients synthesised more leptin than controls. Our data suggest that endothelial-derived leptin may play a role in the immunopathogenesis of IPAH.
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Alice Huertas, Ly Tu, Natalia Gambaryan, Barbara Girerd, Frédéric Perros, et al.. Leptin and regulatory T-lymphocytes in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension.. European Respiratory Journal, European Respiratory Society, 2012, 40 (4), pp.895-904. ⟨10.1183/09031936.00159911⟩. ⟨inserm-00913076⟩

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