A human IL10 BAC transgene reveals tissue-specific control of IL-10 expression and alters disease outcome

Dilini Ranatunga, Christian M. Hedrich, Wang Fengying, Daniel W. McVicar, Nathan Nowak, Trupti Joshi, Lionel Feigenbaum, Lindsay Renee Grant, Simona Stäger, Jay H. Bream

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Interleukin (IL)-10 is an immunoregulatory cytokine that is produced by diverse cell populations. Studies in mice suggest that the cellular source of IL-10 is a key determinant in various disease pathologies, yet little is known regarding the control of tissue-specific human IL-10 expression. To assess cell type-specific human IL-10 regulation, we created a human IL-10 transgenic mouse with a bacterial artificial chromosome (hIL10BAC) in which the IL10 gene is positioned centrally. Since human IL-10 is biologically active in the mouse, we could examine the in vivo capacity of tissue-specific human IL-10 expression to recapitulate IL-10-dependent phenotypes by reconstituting Il10-/- mice (Il10-/-/hIL10BAC). In response to LPS, Il10-/-/ hIL10BAC mice proficiently regulate IL-10-target genes and normalize sensitivity to LPS toxicity via faithful human IL-10 expression from macrophages and dendritic cells. However, in the Leishmania donovani model of pathogen persistence, Il10-/-/hIL10BAC mice did not develop the characteristic IL-10+IFN-γ+CD4 T cell subset thought to mediate persistence and, like Il10-/- mice, cleared the parasites. Furthermore, the IL-10-promoting cytokine IL-27 failed to regulate transgenic human IL-10 production in CD4+ T cells in vitro which together suggests that the hIL10BAC encodes for weak T cell-specific IL-10 expression. Thus, the hIL10BAC mouse is a model of human gene structure and function revealing tissue-specific regulatory requirements for IL-10 expression which impacts disease outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17123-17128
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number40
StatePublished - Oct 6 2009


  • IL-27
  • LPS
  • Leishmania
  • T cell
  • Transgenic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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