Preliminary Report on Interleukin-22, GM-CSF, and IL-17F in the Pathogenesis of Acute Anterior Uveitis

Jerry Chien Chieh Huang, Matthew Schleisman, Dongseok Choi, Claire Mitchell, Lindsey Watson, Mark Asquith, James T. Rosenbaum

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Purpose:Anterior uveitis is the most common anatomic subset of uveitis. We developed a novel multi-parametric flow cytometry panel to identify immune dysregulation signatures in HLA B27-associated acute anterior uveitis (AAU) and axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA). Methods: We used fluorescence activated cell sorting to characterize T cell cytokine expression in stimulated T cell subsets from patients with AAU (n = 4) compared to healthy controls (n = 14) or subjects with AxSpA (n = 6). Results: Positive findings among subjects with AAU included a statistically significant increase in stimulated granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), IL-17, and IL-22 synthesized by CD8 cells, a trend for stimulated ILC (innate lymphoid cells)-3 cells to synthesize more IL-22 (p =.07), and stimulated MAIT (mucosa associated innate lymphoid cells)-like cells that express the T cell receptor V alpha 7.2 to express IL-17A, IL-17F, and IL-22 in a greater percentage of cells relative to controls. IL-17F, GM- CSF, and IL-22 represent potentially novel targets in AAU. Conclusion: Our report is arguably the first to implicate IL-17F or ILC-3 and MAIT cells in the pathogenesis of AAU. Abbreviations AAU: acute anterior uveitis; AxSpA: axial spondyloarthritis; BASDAI: Bath ankylosing spondylitis disease activity index; CCR: chemokine receptor; DMSO: dimethylsulfoxide; EULAR:European League Against Rheumatism; FACS: fluorescence activated cell sorter; FBS: fetal bovine serum; FSC: orward light scatter; GM-CSF: granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor; HC: healthy control; ILC: innate lymphoid cell; KIR: killer immunoglobulin receptor; MAIT: mucosal associated immune T cell; ND: not detected; NK: natural killer cell; OHSU-Oregon Health & Science University; PBMC: peripheral blood mononuclear cell; SSC: side light scatter; TCR: T cell receptor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)558-565
Number of pages8
JournalOcular Immunology and Inflammation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021


  • Acute anterior uveitis
  • MAIT cell
  • cytokine
  • innate lymphoid cell
  • interleukin
  • spondyloarthritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Ophthalmology


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