Abstract Title:

Short-term exposure to a Western diet induces psoriasiform dermatitis by promoting accumulation of IL-17A-producingγδ T cells.

Abstract Source:

J Invest Dermatol. 2020 Feb 5. Epub 2020 Feb 5. PMID: 32057839

Abstract Author(s):

Zhenrui Shi, Xuesong Wu, Sebastian Yu, Mindy Huynh, Prasant Kumar Jena, Mimi Nguyen, Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan, Samuel T Hwang

Article Affiliation:

Zhenrui Shi


A Western diet (WD)-characterized by its high fat and simple sugar content-is thought to predispose individuals to inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis, through the development of obesity. This scenario, however, is being challenged by emerging data suggesting that dietary components, rather than obesity itself, may exacerbate psoriasis. We herein show that short-term feeding with a diet analogous to the WD in mice leads to Th1/Th17-biased skin inflammation before significant body weight gain. Feeding for as little as 4 weeks with WD promoted mild dermatitis and accumulation of IL-17A-producingγδ T cells in the skin. Strikingly, γδ T cells from WD-fed mice exhibited enriched IL-23 receptor expression and increased potential to produce IL-17A after IL-23 stimulation. In contrast to wild-type mice, WD-fed TCRδ-deficient and CCR6-deficient mice had reduced skin inflammation and IL-17A expression. Supplementation with a bile acid sequestrant, cholestyramine, prevented WD-induced skin inflammation along with a reduction in the infiltration of γδ T cells and the expression of proinflammatory mediators. In summary, our data revealed dietary influences in inflammatory signaling in the skin. The dysregulation of IL-23 pathways and BA pathways may be key to the development of WD-associated psoriasiform dermatitis.

Study Type : Animal Study
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