Loss of SOCS7 in mice results in severe cutaneous disease and increased mast cell activation

Judit Knisz, Alex Banks, Lisa McKeag, Dean D. Metcalfe, Paul B. Rothman, Jared M. Brown

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The Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling (SOCS) protein family plays a central role in the negative regulation of cytokine action and has been implicated in the development of atopic diseases. Lack of SOCS7 is associated with severe skin disease in mice. We sought to explore the underlying mechanisms resulting in this phenotype. Skin samples were analyzed and serum immunoglobulin production was measured. Cytokine production by bone marrow derived mast cells was determined by ELISA. Mast cell thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) production was assessed by quantitative real-time PCR. Data obtained revealed that Socs7-/- mice have increased serum IgE and IgG1 production and exhibit an increased mast cell infiltrate, as well as un-provoked mast cell degranulation in the dermis as compared to controls. In vitro, bone marrow derived mast cells from Socs7-/- mice are hyperactive to IgE-mediated stimuli, with elevated production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-13, IL-6, TNF-α). Further, activated Socs7-/- bone marrow derived mast cells have increased IL-7Rα transcript, which is part of the heterodimeric receptor for TSLP. Finally, lack of SOCS7 was accompanied by an increase in TSLP mRNA and protein production by mast cells following FcεRI aggregation. These data implicate SOCS7 in the modulation of allergic inflammation and demonstrate that SOCS7 is involved in the regulation of TSLP signaling in mast cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-284
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Immunology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Allergy
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Mast cell
  • SOCS
  • Suppressor of cytokine signaling
  • TSLP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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