Interferon-stimulated gene 15 (ISG15) deficiency in dendritic cells
protects against contact hypersensitivity (CHS) inflammation in mouse.
The role of ISG15 (Interferon-Stimulated Gene 15) is becoming
increasingly acknowledged in cancer, pathogen infection and inflammatory
immune diseases. ISG15 expression increases in human psoriatic skin, and
genetic mutations of ISG15 cause dermatological alterations. Here, we
show that ISG15 deficiency leads to reduced inflammation and swelling in
a murine model of allergic contact dermatitis (ACD). Bone marrow
transplantation and adoptive transfer approaches demonstrate that ISG15
alters dendritic cell (DC) responses in the ACD mouse model.
Consistently, Isg15-deficient DCs secrete reduced amounts of
pro-inflammatory cytokines, including IL-1β and IL-12. This study opens
new avenues to potentiate immunotherapies to treat immune-related