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Horae Gene Therapy Center; Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems

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Immunity | Immunology of Infectious Disease | Parasitic Diseases | Parasitology | Therapeutics


The type 2 immune response is the central mechanism of disease progression in schistosomiasis, but the signals that induce it after infection remain elusive. Aberrant microRNA (miRNA) expression is a hallmark of human diseases including schistosomiasis, and targeting the deregulated miRNA can mitigate disease outcomes. Here, we demonstrate that efficient and sustained elevation of miR-203-3p in liver tissues, using the highly hepatotropic recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 8 (rAAV8), protects mice against lethal schistosome infection by alleviating hepatic fibrosis. We show that miR-203-3p targets interleukin-33 (IL-33), an inducer of type 2 immunity, in hepatic stellate cells to regulate the expansion and IL-13 production of hepatic group 2 innate lymphoid cells during infection. Our study highlights the potential of rAAV8-mediated miR-203-3p elevation as a therapeutic intervention for fibrotic diseases.


Fibrosis, MicroRNAs, Parasitic diseases, Collagens, Schistosomiasis, Mouse models, Liver fibrosis, Schistosoma

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PLoS Pathog. 2018 Mar 19;14(3):e1006957. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006957. eCollection 2018 Mar. Link to article on publisher's site

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PLoS pathogens

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