Isolation and functional characterisation of lamina propria leukocytes from helminth-infected, murine small intestine

Webster, H., Andrusaite, A., Shergold, A., Milling, S. and Perona-Wright, G. (2020) Isolation and functional characterisation of lamina propria leukocytes from helminth-infected, murine small intestine. Journal of Immunological Methods, 477, 112702. (doi: 10.1016/j.jim.2019.112702) (PMID:31705860) (PMCID:PMC6983935)

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The use of helminth infections as tools to understand the type 2 immune response is a well-established technique and important to many areas of immunological research. The phenotype and function of immune cell populations at the site of infection is a key determinant of pathogen clearance. However, infections with helminths such as the murine nematode Heligomosmoides polygryrus cause increased mucus production and thickening of the intestinal wall, which can result in extensive cell death when isolating and analysing cells from the lamina propria (LP). Populations of larger immune cells such as macrophages and dendritic cells are often trapped within mucus or dying tissues. Here we describe an optimised protocol for isolating LP leukocytes from the small intestine of H.polygyrus -infected mice, and we demonstrate phenotypic and functional identification of myeloid and CD4+ T cell subsets using cytokine staining and flow cytometry. Our protocol may provide a useful experimental method for the immunological analysis of the affected tissue site during helminth infections.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Andrusaite, Ms Anna and Milling, Professor Simon and Shergold, Miss Amy and Webster, Holly and Perona-Wright, Dr Georgia
Authors: Webster, H., Andrusaite, A., Shergold, A., Milling, S., and Perona-Wright, G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Journal of Immunological Methods
ISSN (Online):1872-7905
Published Online:06 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Immunological Methods 477:112702
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
304106Metabolic Regulation of the Th2 ResponseGeorgia Perona-WrightMedical Research Council (MRC)MR/S009779/1III - Immunology