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Lineage specific role of Ship1 in development of allergic airway inflammation


The PI3K pathway is a potent mediator of several functions associated with asthma pathogenesis, including supporting leukocyte survival, activation, migration and cytokine release. Proper negative regulation of this pathway is integral in order to restrict overactive immune responses. Negative regulation of PI3K is predominantly controlled by the lipid phosphatases PTEN and SHIP-1. Inpp5d (Ship1) deficient mice develop spontaneous airway inflammation and have enhanced sensitivity to allergen induced airway inflammation. We hypothesized that deleting Ship1 expression specifically in lineages known to be crucial for adaptive Th2 responses would uncover more subtle effects that could either positively or negatively regulate disease severity in a mouse model of allergic airway inflammation (AAI).


Ship1 expression was deleted in B cell, T cell and dendritic cell (DC) lineages and the resulting Ship1ΔB cell, Ship1ΔT cell and Ship1ΔDC mice were exposed to house dust mite (HDM) antigen over an 18-day period. Infiltrating leukocytes in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and lung, serum antibody levels and Th1 and Th2 cytokine responses were quantified to assess disease severity.


Deletion of Ship1 in either the B cell, T cell or DC lineages did not result in spontaneous airway inflammation, and loss of Ship1 in the B cell linage did not affect HDM-induced AAI. Surprisingly, loss of Ship1 in either of the T cell or DC lineages protected from development of AAI by skewing the HDM-induced immune response to a Th1 phenotype instead of the characteristic Th2 phenotype associated with allergic asthma.


While loss of Ship1 expression throughout the hematopoietic populations leads to spontaneous lung inflammation, selective deletion of Ship1 in T cells and DCs impairs the formation of an adaptive Th2 response and protects from the development of AAI.


This work was supported by AllerGen Inc. and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

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Correspondence to Matthew J Gold.

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Gold, M.J., Hughes, M.R., Antignano, F. et al. Lineage specific role of Ship1 in development of allergic airway inflammation. All Asth Clin Immun 10, A56 (2014).

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  • Asthma
  • Airway Inflammation
  • House Dust
  • Allergic Asthma
  • House Dust Mite