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Record number 121377
Title Neuroendocrine-immune interactions in fish : a role for interleukin-1
Author(s) Engelsma, M.Y.; Huising, M.O.; Muiswinkel, W.B. van; Flik, G.; Kwang, J.; Verburg-van Kemenade, B.M.L.
Source Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 87 (2002). - ISSN 0165-2427 - p. 467 - 479.
Department(s) Cell Biology and Immunology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2002
Abstract Bi-directional communication between the hypothalamus–pituitary–adrenal (HPA)-axis and the sympathetic nervous system with the immune system is crucial to ensure homeostasis. Shared use of ligands and especially receptors forms a key component of this bi-directional interaction. Glucocorticoids (GC), the major end products of the HPA-axis differentially modulate immune function. Cytokines, especially interleukin-1 (IL-1), tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6), ensure immune signalling to the neuroendocrine system. In addition, hormones from leukocyte origin such as corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and β-endorphin, as well as centrally synthesised and secreted cytokines, contribute to the communication network. In teleost fish cortisol is the major product of the hypothalamus–pituitary–interrenal (HPI)-axis which is the teleost equivalent of the HPA-axis. Moderate and substantial increases in cortisol during stressful circumstances negatively affect B-lymphocytes, whereas rescue of neutrophilic granulocytes may support innate immunity. Recent elucidation of lower vertebrate cytokine sequences has facilitated research into neuroendocrine–immune interactions in teleosts and the first evidence for a significant function of interleukin-1 in the bi-directional communication is discussed.
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