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Veldhoen, Marc

Immune regulation

Epithelial barrier sites such as the skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal tract, form a physical interface between our bodies and external environments. In addition to creating a physical impediment to pathogens, epithelial barriers include a diverse mix of immune cells, forming a first line of defence against invading pathogens.

Our laboratory studies the role that cells of the immune system play at the initiation, modulation and resolution of immune responses at epithelial barrier sites as well as the homeostatic control of epithelial cells. These studies provide insights into the mechanisms that control the maintenance, activation and function of immune cells located or enriched at mucosal surfaces such as the intestine, ultimately contributing to the prevention of undesirable immune responses that may result in chronic infections, allergies, autoimmunity and an increased risk of cancer.

  • Research Areas

    • Epithelial – immune cell interactions
    • Tissue homeostasis
    • Thelper cell differentiation
    • Environmental influences on immunity
    • Mucosal Immunology
  • Research Team

    • Ongoing Research Projects

      2014/2017 Engineering a multi-cell lineage multi-organism intestine (NC3R, UK)
      2015/2019 European Network Linking Informatics and Genomics of Helper T cells ENLIGHT-TEN ITN (H2020, EU)
      2016/2021 ERA Chair project (H2020, EU)

    • Prizes

      2011 EMBO Young Investigator programme

      2010 ERC starting grant

    • Selected Publications

      • Brucklacher-Waldert V, Ferreira C, Stebegg M, Fesneau O, Innocentin S, Marie JC, Veldhoen M. (2017). Cellular Stress in the Context of an Inflammatory Environment Supports TGF-β-Independent T Helper-17 Differentiation. Cell Rep.
      • Veldhoen M. (2017). Interleukin 17 is a chief orchestrator of immunity. Nature Immunology.
      • Stubbs TM, Bonder MJ, Stark AK, Krueger F; BI Ageing Clock Team, von Meyenn F, Stegle O, Reik W. (2017). Multi-tissue DNA methylation age predictor in mouse. Genome Biology.
      • Goverse G, Molenaar R, Macia L, Tan J, Erkelens MN, Konijn T, Knippenberg M, Cook EC, Hanekamp D, Veldhoen M, Hartog A, Roeselers G, Mackay CR, Mebius RE. (2017). Diet-Derived Short Chain Fatty Acids Stimulate Intestinal Epithelial Cells To Induce Mucosal Tolerogenic Dendritic Cells. The Journal Immunology.
      • Veldhoen M. (2017). Th17 Cells Require You to Chew before You Swallow. Immunity.
      • Brucklacher-Waldert, V., Ferreira, C., Innocentin, S., Kamdar, S., Withers, D.R., Kullberg, C.M., and Veldhoen, M. (2016). Tbet or continued RORγt expression are not required for Th17-associated immunopathology. Journal of Immunology.
      • Barros-Martins, J., Schmolka, N., Fontinha, D., Pires de Miranda, M., Simas, J.P., Brok, I., Ferreira, C., Veldhoen, M., Silva-Santos, B., and Serre, K. (2016). Effector gammadelta T Cell Differentiation Relies on Master but Not Auxiliary Th Cell Transcription Factors. Journal of Immunology.
      • Withers, D.R., Hepworth, M.R., Wang, X., Mackley, E.C., Halford, E.E., Dutton, E.E., Marriott, C.L., Brucklacher-Waldert, V., Veldhoen, M., Kelsen, J., et al. (2016). Transient inhibition of ROR-gammat therapeutically limits intestinal inflammation by reducing TH17 cells and preserving group 3 innate lymphoid cells. Nature Medicine 22, 319-323.
      • Bénézech, C., N-T. Luu, J.A. Walker, A.A Kruglov, Y. Loo, K. Nakamura, Y. Zhang, S. Nayar, L.H. Jones, A. Flores-Lanarica, A. McIntosh, J. Marshall, F. Barone, G. Besra, K. Miles, J.E. Allen, M. Gray, G. Kollias, A.F. Cunningham, D. Withers, K.M. Toellner, N.D. Jones, M. Veldhoen, S.A. Nedospasov, A.N.J. McKenzie and J.H. Caamaño. (2015) Inflammation-Induced Formation of Fat-Associated Lymphoid Clusters. Nature Immunology 16, 819-828.
      • Puccetti, P. , F. Fallarino, A. Italiano, I. Soubeyran, G. MacGrogan, M. Debled, V. Velasco, D. Bodet, S. Eimer, M. Veldhoen, G.C. Prendergast, M. Platten, A. Bessede and G. Guillemin. (2015) Accumulation of an Endogenous Tryptophan-Derived Metabolite in Colorectal and Breast Cancers. PLOS one 10, e0122046.
      • Stranks, A. J., A. L. Hansen, I. Panse, M. Mortensen, D. J. Ferguson, D. J. Puleston, K. Shenderov, A. S. Watson, M. Veldhoen, K. Phadwal, V. Cerundolo and A. K. Simon. (2015) Autophagy Controls Acquisition of Aging Features in Macrophages. Journal of Innate Immunology 7, no. 4 (2015): 375-391.
      • Linterman, M.A., Denton, A.E., Divekar, D.P., Zvetkova, I., Kane, L., Ferreira, C., Veldhoen, M., Clare, S., Dougan, G., Espeli, M., et al. (2014). CD28 expression is required after T cell priming for helper T cell responses and protective immunity to infection. Elife 3.
      • Marriott, C.L., Mackley, E.C., Ferreira, C., Veldhoen, M., Yagita, H., and Withers, D.R. (2014). OX40 controls effector CD4(+) T-cell expansion, not follicular T helper cell generation in acute Listeria infection. European Journal of Immunology 44, 2437-2447.
      • Zaid, A., Mackay, L.K., Rahimpour, A., Braun, A., Veldhoen, M., Carbone, F.R., Manton, J.H., Heath, W.R., and Mueller, S.N. (2014). Persistence of skin-resident memory T cells within an epidermal niche. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111, 5307-5312.
      • Sriskantharajah, S., Guckel, E., Tsakiri, N., Kierdorf, K., Brender, C., Ben-Addi, A., Veldhoen, M., Tsichlis, P.N., Stockinger, B., O'Garra, A., et al. (2014). Regulation of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis by TPL-2 kinase. Journal of Immunology 192, 3518-3529.
      • Mastelic, B., Freitas do Rosario, A.P., Veldhoen, M., Renauld, J.-C., Jarra, W., Sponaas, A.-M., Roetynck, S., Stockinger, B., and Langhorne, J. (2012). IL-22 protects against liver pathology and lethality of an experimental blood-stage malaria infection. Frontiers in Immunology 3.
      • Li, Y., Innocentin, S., Withers, D.R., Roberts, N.A., Gallagher, A.R., Grigorieva, E.F., Wilhelm, C., and Veldhoen, M. (2011). Exogenous Stimuli Maintain Intraepithelial Lymphocytes via Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Activation. Cell 147, 629-640.
      • Hirota, K., Duarte, J.H., Veldhoen, M., Hornsby, E., Li, Y., Cua, D.J., Ahlfors, H., Wilhelm, C., Tolaini, M., Menzel, U., et al. (2011). Fate mapping of IL-17-producing T cells in inflammatory responses. Nature Immunology 12, 255-263.
      • Teixeira-Coelho, M., Cruz, A., Carmona, J., Sousa, C., Ramos-Pereira, D., Saraiva, A.L., Veldhoen, M., Pedrosa, J., Castro, A.G., and Saraiva, M. (2011). TLR2 deficiency by compromising p19 (IL-23) expression limits Th 17 cell responses to Mycobacterium tuberculosis. International Immunology 23, 89-96
      • Martin, B., Hirota, K., Cua, D.J., Stockinger, B., and Veldhoen, M. (2009). Interleukin-17-producing gammadelta T cells selectively expand in response to pathogen products and environmental signals. Immunity 31, 321-330.
      • Saraiva, M., Christensen, J.R., Veldhoen, M., Murphy, T.L., Murphy, K.M., and O'Garra, A. (2009). Interleukin-10 production by Th1 cells requires interleukin-12-induced STAT4 transcription factor and ERK MAP kinase activation by high antigen dose. Immunity 31, 209-219.
      • Bending, D., De La Pena, H., Veldhoen, M., Phillips, J.M., Uyttenhove, C., Stockinger, B., and Cooke, A. (2009). Highly purified Th17 cells from BDC2.5NOD mice convert into Th1-like cells in NOD/SCID recipient mice. J Clin Invest 119, 565–572.
      • Veldhoen, M., Hirota, K., Christensen, J., O'Garra, A., and Stockinger, B. (2009). Natural agonists for aryl hydrocarbon receptor in culture medium are essential for optimal differentiation of Th17 T cells. The Journal of experimental medicine 206, 43-49.
      • Veldhoen, M., Uyttenhove, C., van Snick, J., Helmby, H., Westendorf, A., Buer, J., Martin, B., Wilhelm, C., and Stockinger, B. (2008). Transforming growth factor-beta 'reprograms' the differentiation of T helper 2 cells and promotes an interleukin 9-producing subset. Nature immunology 9, 1341-1346.
      • Veldhoen, M., Hirota, K., Westendorf, A.M., Buer, J., Dumoutier, L., Renauld, J.C., and Stockinger, B. (2008). The aryl hydrocarbon receptor links TH17-cell-mediated autoimmunity to environmental toxins. Nature 453, 106-109.
      • Veldhoen, M., Hocking, R.J., Flavell, R.A., and Stockinger, B. (2006). Signals mediated by transforming growth factor-beta initiate autoimmune encephalomyelitis, but chronic inflammation is needed to sustain disease. Nature immunology 7, 1151-1156.
      • Veldhoen, M., Hocking, R.J., Atkins, C.J., Locksley, R.M., and Stockinger, B. (2006). TGFbeta in the context of an inflammatory cytokine milieu supports de novo differentiation of IL-17-producing T cells. Immunity 24, 179-189.
      • Veldhoen, M., Moncrieffe, H., Hocking, R.J., Atkins, C.J., and Stockinger, B. (2006). Modulation of dendritic cell function by naive and regulatory CD4+ T cells. J Immunol 176, 6202-6210.

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