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STING/IFN Activation Promotes ANCA-Associated Vasculitis Progression

Aug 29, 2022 4:56 pm

Research presented in the Journal of Experimental Medicine shows that ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) may be propagated by pathogenic mechanisms triggering cGAS/STING/IRF3-dependent IFN-I release.

The studied 31 patients with ANCA vasculitis and 57 healthy controls while also developing a novel mouse model that develops pulmonary AAV (mimicking severe disease in patients).

Disease was induced by immunogenic DNA during disease onset, leading to activation of cGAS/STING/IRF3-dependent IFN-I release with subsequent endothelial damage, pulmonary hemorrhages, and lung dysfunction.

They found that while monocyte-derived macrophages were major disease drivers by producing most IFN-β, resident alveolar macrophages were involved in tissue clean up and limiting infiltration of IFN-β–producing macrophages.

They showed that pharmacological inhibition of STING, IFNAR-I, or its downstream JAK/STAT signaling with baricitinib reduced disease severity and accelerated recovery.

Our findings suggest an important pathogenic role for the STING/IFN-I axis in promoting pulmonary AAV progression and identifies a potential therapeutic targets to to treat AAV. 

The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose related to this subject

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