Background and Aims: We have shown in previous studies that an interleukin 2 (IL-2)-IgG2b fusion protein suppresses both humoral and cellular immune reactions in a murine model of DTH reaction. We now analyze the effects of IL-2-IgG2b in a model of intestinal inflammation in mice induced by the hapten reagent 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS) that mimics immunologic characteristics of human Crohn's disease. Methods: In TNBS-induced colitis, colonic and splenic T-cell subsets were characterized by immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry. Cytokine synthesis was studied by semiquantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction and intracellular cytokine staining in CD4+ T cells. Results: When mice were treated with IL-2-IgG2b, improvement in both wasting disease and histopathologic signs of colonic inflammation was observed. An increase in the number of colonic CD4+/CD25+ T cells and increased synthesis of the immunosuppressive cytokine IL-10 also occurred. The protective role of IL-10 was demonstrated by the finding that neutralization of IL-10 in vivo using IL-10-specific antibodies inhibited the IL-2-IgG2b effects in TNBS-induced colitis. Conclusions: These studies show for the first time that the IL-2- IgG2b fusion protein can abrogate experimental colitis by local induction of IL-10-secreting T cells.
Stallmach, A., Wittig, B., Giese, T., Pfister, K., Hoffmann, J. C., Bulfone-Paus, S., … Zeitz, M. (1999). Protection of trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid-induced colitis by an interleukin 2-IgG2b fusion protein in mice. Gastroenterology, 117(4), 866–876. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0016-5085(99)70345-8