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TH2 cytokines are not responsible for the ongoing symptoms and pathology in children with severe therapy-resistant asthma (STRA). IL-33 induces airway hyperresponsiveness, but its role in airway remodeling and steroid resistance is unknown.We sought to investigate the relationship between IL-33 and airway remodeling in pediatric patients with STRA.IL-33 levels were quantified in neonatal mice given inhaled house dust mite (HDM), and the effect of blocking IL-13 on remodeling and IL-33 levels was assessed. HDM-induced allergic airways disease (AAD) in neonatal ST2(-/-) mice lacking the IL-33 receptor was assessed, together with collagen production after IL-33 administration. The effect of steroid therapy on IL-33 levels in patients with neonatal AAD was explored. IL-33 expression was quantified in endobronchial biopsy (EB) specimens from children with STRA and related to remodeling, and collagen production by airway fibroblasts from pediatric patients stimulated with IL-33 and budesonide was quantified.Blocking IL-13 after AAD was established in neonatal mice and did not reduce remodeling or IL-33 levels; airway hyperresponsiveness was only partially reduced. IL-33 promoted collagen synthesis both from asthmatic fibroblasts from pediatric patients and after intranasal administration in mice. Increased cellular expression of IL-33, but not IL-13, was associated with increased reticular basement membrane thickness in EB specimens from children with STRA, whereas remodeling was absent in HDM-exposed ST2(-/-) mice. IL-33 levels were maintained, whereas IL-13 levels were abrogated by steroid treatment in neonatal HDM-exposed mice and in EB specimens from children with STRA.IL-33 is a relatively steroid-resistant mediator that promotes airway remodeling in patients with STRA and is an important therapeutic target.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.jaci.2013.04.012

Type

Journal article

Journal

The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology

Publication Date

09/2013

Volume

132

Pages

676 - 685.e13

Addresses

Leukocyte Biology Section, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.

Keywords

Animals, Mice, Inbred BALB C, Animals, Newborn, Mice, Knockout, Humans, Mice, Pyroglyphidae, Asthma, Bronchial Hyperreactivity, Budesonide, Collagen, Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Interleukins, Interleukin-13, Glucocorticoids, Drug Resistance, Adolescent, Child, Female, Male, Airway Remodeling, Interleukin-33