Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 24 pp 25432—25451

Different doses of ovalbumin exposure on dendritic cells determine their genetic/epigenetic regulation and T cell differentiation

Ying Wang1, *, , Zizhong Yu2, *, , Yue Zhou1, , Yun Zhu1, , Jinhui Wang3, , Junmei Fu4, , Yang Yuan5, , Shan Chen1, , Yanjun Wang1, , Wenting Yu1, , Pei Gao1, , Wanting Zhu1, , Qing Cheng1, , Seong H Cho6, , Weijia Kong1, , Jianjun Chen1, ,

  • 1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
  • 2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Taihe Hospital, Hubei University of Medicine, Wuhan, China
  • 3 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, First Hospital of Handan, Wuhan, China
  • 4 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, First People’s Hospital of Jiangxia District, Wuhan, China
  • 5 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Wuhan General Hospital of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Wuhan, China
  • 6 Division of Allergy-Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
* Equal contribution

Received: June 26, 2020       Accepted: September 9, 2020       Published: November 24, 2020
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It has been reported that allergen dosage can impact the differentiation of dendritic cells (DCs)-mediated T cells. However, the mechanisms of such dose-dependent differentiation are poorly understood. In this study, bone marrow-derived immature DCs stimulated with Ovalbumin (OVA) of different concentrations (0, 10, 100, 1000, 10000μg/ml, respectively). DCs were then co-cultured with naïve T cells. RNA-sequencing detection and DNA methylation of DCs were performed. We show that when DCs were stimulated with low-dose (10μg/ml), 77 genes were up-regulated and 87 genes down-regulated. Most activated genes were related to ribosome synthesis and ion channel inhibition. At the medium-dose (100μg/ml), 339 genes were up-regulated and 168 genes down-regulated. Most activated genes involved cytokine synthesis and regulation of immune responses. At high-dose (10000μg/ml), 2497 genes were up-regulated and 1156 genes down-regulated. TNF signaling pathway, NF-kappa B signaling pathway, antigen processing and presentation signaling pathway were mostly up-regulated. The related co-stimulators, co-inhibitory molecules, inhibitory cytokines, negative regulating enzymes were highly expressed. The monocarbate, coenzyme, fatty acid, glucolipid, starch, sucrose and other metabolism-related signaling pathways were down-regulated. The profiles of DNA methylation and RNA synthesis of DCs varied with different doses of OVA, which serves to induce T cells to differentiate in various directions.


DCs: Dendritic cells; Th cells: Helper T cells; Treg cells: Regulatory cells; Ovalbumin: OVA; RNA-seq: RNA sequencing technology; MACS: magnetic-activated cell sorting; DMRs: Differentially methylated regions; GO: Gene Ontology; KEGG: Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes; RPKM: Reads per Kilobase per Million Reads.