iScience | VOL. 25

Microbiota-mediated skewing of tryptophan catabolism modulates CD4+ Tcells in lupus-prone mice.

Publication Date May 20, 2022


A skewed tryptophan metabolism has been reported in patients with lupus. Here, we investigated the mechanisms by which it occurs in lupus-susceptible mice, and how tryptophan metabolites exacerbate Tcell activation. Metabolomic analyses demonstrated that tryptophan is differentially catabolized in lupus mice compared to controls and that the microbiota played a role in this skewing. There was no evidence for differential expression of tryptophan catabolic enzymes in lupus mice, further supporting a major contribution of the microbiota to skewing. However, isolated lupus Tcells processed tryptophan differently, suggesting a contribution of Tcell intrinsic factors. Functionally, tryptophan and its microbial product tryptamine increased Tcell metabolism and mTOR activation, while kynurenine promoted interferon gamma production, all of which have been associated with lupus. These results showed that a combination of microbial and Tcell intrinsic factors promotes the production of tryptophan metabolites that enhance inflammatory phenotypes in lupus Tcells.

Powered ByUnsilo

Lupus-susceptible Mice
Lupus Mice
Lupus-prone Mice
Tryptophan Metabolites
mTOR Activation
Skewed Metabolism
Tcells In Mice
Microbial Factors
Production Of Metabolites
Expression Of Enzymes

Introducing Weekly Round-ups!Beta

Powered by R DiscoveryR Discovery

Round-ups are the summaries of handpicked papers around trending topics published every week. These would enable you to scan through a collection of papers and decide if the paper is relevant to you before actually investing time into reading it.

Climate change Research Articles published between Jun 20, 2022 to Jun 26, 2022

R DiscoveryJun 27, 2022
R DiscoveryArticles Included:  2

One eighth of the bird species in the world is considered globally threatened; the avifauna of Iraq comprises 409 species and is considered as the maj...

Read More

Coronavirus Pandemic

You can also read COVID related content on R COVID-19

R ProductsCOVID-19


Creating the world’s largest AI-driven & human-curated collection of research, news, expert recommendations and educational resources on COVID-19

COVID-19 Dashboard