Pathogenic autoantibody production requires loss of tolerance against desmoglein 3 in both T and B cells in experimental pemphigus vulgaris Academic Article uri icon

publication date

  • 2002


  • Mechanisms of tolerance break against desmoglein 3 (Dsg3) in patients with pemphigus vulgaris (PV) producing pathogenic anti-Dsg3 IgG autoantibodies are unclear. In this study, using a novel PV mouse model involving Dsg3 knockout mice, we investigated the mechanisms leading to production of autoantibodies against Dsg3. Adoptive transfer of Dsg3(-/-) splenocytes immunized with recombinant mouse Dsg3 to Rag2(-/-) recipient mice expressing Dsg3 resulted in the stable production of anti-Dsg3 IgG and development of PV phenotypes including oral erosions with suprabasilar acantholysis. When purified T and B cells from Dsg3(-/-), Dsg3(+/-) or Dsg3(+/+) mice were mixed with various combinations and transferred to Rag2(-/-) mice, pathogenic anti-Dsg3 IgG production was observed only with a combination of Dsg3(-/-) T and Dsg3(-/-) B cells but not with the other combinations. These results suggest that loss of tolerance against Dsg3 in both B and T cells is important for the development of autoimmune state of PV.