Background: The changes of the gut-brain axis have been recently recognized as important components in multiple sclerosis (MS) pathogenesis. Objectives: To evaluate the effects of DMF on intestinal barrier permeability and mucosal immune responses. Methods: We investigated intestinal permeability (IP) and circulating CD161+CCR6+CD8+T cells in 25 patients with MS, who met eligibility criteria for dimethyl-fumarate (DMF) treatment. These data, together with clinical/MRI parameters, were studied at three time-points: baseline (before therapy), after one (T1) and 9 months (T2) of treatment. Results: At baseline 16 patients (64%) showed altered IP, while 14 cases (56%) showed active MRI. During DMF therapy we found the expected decrease of disease activity at MRI compared to T0 (6/25 at T1, p = 0.035 and 3/25 at T2, p < 0.00), and a reduction in the percentage of CD161+CCR6+CD8+ T cells (16/23 at T2; p < 0.001). The effects of DMF on gut barrier alterations was variable, without a clear longitudinal pattern, while we found significant relationships between IP changes and drop of MRI activity (p = 0.04) and circulating CD161+CCr6+CD8+ T cells (p = 0.023). Conclusions: The gut barrier is frequently altered in MS, and the CD161+ CCR6+CD8+ T cell-subset shows dynamics which correlate with disease course and therapy.

Intestinal Permeability and Circulating CD161+CCR6+CD8+T Cells in Patients With Relapsing–Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Treated With Dimethylfumarate / Buscarinu, Maria C.; Gargano, Francesca; Lionetto, Luana; Capi, Matilde; Morena, Emanuele; Fornasiero, Arianna; Reniè, Roberta; Landi, Anna C.; Pellicciari, Giulia; Romano, Carmela; Mechelli, Rosella; Romano, Silvia; Borsellino, Giovanna; Battistini, Luca; Simmaco, Maurizio; Fagnani, Corrado; Salvetti, Marco; Ristori, Giovanni. - In: FRONTIERS IN NEUROLOGY. - ISSN 1664-2295. - 12:(2021). [10.3389/fneur.2021.683398]

Intestinal Permeability and Circulating CD161+CCR6+CD8+T Cells in Patients With Relapsing–Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Treated With Dimethylfumarate

Buscarinu, Maria C.;Capi, Matilde;Morena, Emanuele;Fornasiero, Arianna;Reniè, Roberta;Landi, Anna C.;Pellicciari, Giulia;Romano, Carmela;Romano, Silvia;Simmaco, Maurizio;Salvetti, Marco
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Ristori, Giovanni
2021

Abstract

Background: The changes of the gut-brain axis have been recently recognized as important components in multiple sclerosis (MS) pathogenesis. Objectives: To evaluate the effects of DMF on intestinal barrier permeability and mucosal immune responses. Methods: We investigated intestinal permeability (IP) and circulating CD161+CCR6+CD8+T cells in 25 patients with MS, who met eligibility criteria for dimethyl-fumarate (DMF) treatment. These data, together with clinical/MRI parameters, were studied at three time-points: baseline (before therapy), after one (T1) and 9 months (T2) of treatment. Results: At baseline 16 patients (64%) showed altered IP, while 14 cases (56%) showed active MRI. During DMF therapy we found the expected decrease of disease activity at MRI compared to T0 (6/25 at T1, p = 0.035 and 3/25 at T2, p < 0.00), and a reduction in the percentage of CD161+CCR6+CD8+ T cells (16/23 at T2; p < 0.001). The effects of DMF on gut barrier alterations was variable, without a clear longitudinal pattern, while we found significant relationships between IP changes and drop of MRI activity (p = 0.04) and circulating CD161+CCr6+CD8+ T cells (p = 0.023). Conclusions: The gut barrier is frequently altered in MS, and the CD161+ CCR6+CD8+ T cell-subset shows dynamics which correlate with disease course and therapy.
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