Tumor suppressor p53 regulates intestinal type 2 immunity

Chun Yuan Chang, Jianming Wang, Yuhan Zhao, Juan Liu, Xue Yang, Xuetian Yue, Huaying Wang, Fan Zhou, Juan M. Inclan-Rico, John J. Ponessa, Ping Xie, Lanjing Zhang, Mark C. Siracusa, Zhaohui Feng, Wenwei Hu

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The role of p53 in tumor suppression has been extensively studied and well-established. However, the role of p53 in parasitic infections and the intestinal type 2 immunity is unclear. Here, we report that p53 is crucial for intestinal type 2 immunity in response to the infection of parasites, such as Tritrichomonas muris and Nippostrongylus brasiliensis. Mechanistically, p53 plays a critical role in the activation of the tuft cell-IL-25-type 2 innate lymphoid cell circuit, partly via transcriptional regulation of Lrmp in tuft cells. Lrmp modulates Ca2+ influx and IL-25 release, which are critical triggers of type 2 innate lymphoid cell response. Our results thus reveal a previously unrecognized function of p53 in regulating intestinal type 2 immunity to protect against parasitic infections, highlighting the role of p53 as a guardian of immune integrity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3371
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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