Therapeutic effects of recombinant Salmonella typhimurium harboring CCL22 miRNA on atopic dermatitis-like skin in mice

Won Suck Yoon, Seung Seok Lee, Yang Seok Chae, Yong Keun Park

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Th-2-biased immune responses are known to play a key role in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis. In particular, the macrophage-derived chemokine CCL22 is directly implicated in Th-2-associated skin inflammatory reactions, and its levels are significantly elevated in serum and are correlated with disease severity in atopic dermatitis. In this study, we tested the development of genetic therapeutic options to treat atopic dermatitis using bacteria expressing miRNA. We constructed a recombinant strain of Salmonella typhimurium expressing CCL22 miRNA (ST-miRCCL22) for the in vivo knockdown of CCL22. The CCL22 gene was downregulated with CCL22 miRNA in activated lymphocytes. In mice with a cutaneous disease similar to atopic dermatitis, interleukin-4 was inhibited and interferon- γ was induced after treatments with ST-miRCCL22. Furthermore, CCL22 levels were suppressed in the atopic mice treated with ST-miRCCL22. These results suggest that ST-miRCCL22 may be an effective genetic agent for treating atopic dermatitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-70
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental and Molecular Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb 1



  • Atopic
  • Biological therapy
  • Chemokine CCL22
  • Dermatitis
  • Immunotherapy
  • RNA interference
  • Salmonella typhimurium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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