The Intermucosal Connection between the Mouth and Gut in Commensal Pathobiont-Driven Colitis
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The precise mechanism by which oral infection contributes to the pathogenesis of extra-oral diseases remains unclear. Here, we report that periodontal inflammation exacerbates gut inflammation in vivo. Periodontitis leads to expansion of oral pathobionts, including Klebsiella and Enterobacter species, in the oral cavity. Amassed oral pathobionts are ingested and translocate to the gut, where they activate the inflammasome in colonic mononuclear phagocytes, triggering inflammation. In parallel, periodontitis results in generation of oral pathobiont-reactive Th17 cells in the oral cavity. Oral pathobiont-reactive Th17 cells are imprinted with gut tropism and migrate to the inflamed gut. When in the gut, Th17 cells of oral origin can be activated by translocated oral pathobionts and cause development of colitis, but they are not activated by gut-resident microbes. Thus, oral inflammation, such as periodontitis, exacerbates gut inflammation by supplying the gut with both colitogenic pathobionts and pathogenic T cells.
Sho Kitamoto,Hiroko Nagao-Kitamoto,Yizu Jiao,Merritt G Gillilland III,Atsushi Hayashi,Jin Imai,Kohei Sugihara,Mao Miyoshi,Jennifer C Brazil,Peter Kuffa,Brett D Hill,Syed M Rizvi,Fei Wen,Shrinivas Bishu,Naohiro Inohara,Kathryn A Eaton,Asma Nusrat,Yu L Lei,William V Giannobile,Nobuhiko Kamada
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