CD11c-mediated deletion of Flip promotes autoreactivity and inflammatory arthritis

Qi Quan Huang, Harris Perlman, Robert Birkett, Renee Doyle, Deyu Fang, G. Kenneth Haines, William Robinson, Syamal Datta, Zan Huang, Quan Zhen Li, Hyewon Phee, Richard M. Pope*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

20 Scopus citations


Dendritic cells (DCs) are critical for immune homeostasis. To target DCs, we generated a mouse line with Flip deficiency in cells that express cre under the CD11c promoter (CD11c-Flip-KO). CD11c-Flip-KO mice spontaneously develop erosive, inflammatory arthritis, resembling rheumatoid arthritis, which is dramatically reduced when these mice are crossed with Rag-/- mice. The CD8α+ DC subset is significantly reduced, along with alterations in NK cells and macrophages. Autoreactive CD4+ T cells and autoantibodies specific for joint tissue are present, and arthritis severity correlates with the number of autoreactive CD4+ T cells and plasmablasts in the joint-draining lymph nodes. Reduced T regulatory cells (Tregs) inversely correlate with arthritis severity, and the transfer of Tregs ameliorates arthritis. This KO line identifies a model that will permit in depth interrogation of the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis, including the role of CD8α+ DCs and other cells of the immune system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7086
JournalNature communications
StatePublished - May 12 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


Dive into the research topics of 'CD11c-mediated deletion of Flip promotes autoreactivity and inflammatory arthritis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this