The contribution of IL-4 and IL-13 to inflammation and cytokine responses was compared in mice with types-1 or -2 pulmonary granulomas (GR) elicited by beads bound to antigens of Mycobacteria bovis (PPD) or Schistosoma mansoni eggs (SEA). Type-2 SEA-GR produced the most IL-4 and IL-13. Type-1 PPD-GR produced detectable IL-13, but not IL-4. Mice were treated with anti-IL4 or anti-IL-13 Abs, then lesion size/composition, cytokine/chemokine mRNA and lymph node cytokines were measured. Type-1 GRs resisted individual Abs, but combined Abs augmented lesions by 20%. In contrast, anti-IL-4 abrogated type-2 GR by 30-40% and eosinophil recruitment by 60%. Anti-IL-13 abrogated type-2 GR by 20-30% with no effect on eosinophils. Combined depletion reduced lesion area by 60% and eosinophils by more than 80%. In type-1 GR lungs, anti-IL-4 and anti-IL-13 augmented IFNgamma and TNFalpha mRNA. In type 2 lungs, anti-IL-13 did likewise, but anti-IL-4 decreased TNFalpha without affecting IFNgamma mRNA. In both responses, IL-4 promoted MCP-1 and MCP-5 mRNA, but IL-13 inhibited chemokines in type-1 GR. In lymph nodes, anti-IL-4, but not anti-IL-13, abrogated type-2 cytokines. In fact, IL-13 down-regulated itself and other type-2 cytokines. In summary, IL-4 and IL-13 have common and disparate regulatory functions in types 1 and 2 responses.
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