Immunomodulatory effects of heat shock protein 90 inhibition on humoral immune responses

Stefan Tukaj, Benjamin Tiburzy, Rudolf Manz, Andreia de Castro Marques, Antal Orosz, Ralf J. Ludwig, Detlef Zillikens, Michael Kasperkiewicz*

*Korrespondierende/r Autor/-in für diese Arbeit
14 Zitate (Scopus)


Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) inhibition blocks T-cell-linked inflammatory disease pathways and exhibits therapeutic activity in autoimmune disease mouse models, including the blistering disease epidermolysis bullosa acquisita. Although we previously showed that preformed autoreactive plasma cells do not seem to be directly affected by anti-Hsp90 treatment, immunomodulatory effects of Hsp90 inhibition on (auto-)antibody responses are not yet fully understood. In this study, the Hsp90 blocker 17-DMAG inhibited proliferation of activated total B cells and their IgG secretion in cultures of human peripheral B cells from healthy subjects, but IgG production was no longer affected when these activated B cells were allowed to differentiate prior to a deferred application of the inhibitor. 17-DMAG treatment was associated with induction of nuclear and cytoplasmic heat shock factor 1 and Hsp70 in stimulated human B cells, respectively. Type VII collagen (epidermolysis bullosa acquisita)-immunized mice early treated with 17-DMAG had reduced total B cells in spleens, a relative increase in splenic regulatory B cell fractions, higher serum IL-10 concentrations, and lower levels of circulating autoantibodies (paralleled by less pronounced disease induction) compared with vehicle-treated immunized mice. Autoantibody production was blunted in isolated and autoantigen-restimulated lymph node cells from immunized mice by either 17-DMAG or purified autologous splenic regulatory B cells. Thus, in addition to the previously described T cell inhibitory effects of Hsp90 blockade, this treatment potently modulates humoral immune responses at the B cell level, further supporting the introduction of Hsp90 inhibitors into the clinical setting for treatment of autoantibody-mediated disorders.
ZeitschriftExperimental Dermatology
Seiten (von - bis)585-590
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 01.01.2014


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