Ciclesonide modulates in vitro allergen-driven activation of blood mononuclear cells and allergen-specific T-cell blasts

Michela Silvestri, Fabio Morandi, Vito Pistoia, Ignazia Prigione, Giovanni A. Rossi

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Background: Ciclesonide, an inhaled corticosteroid with almost no affinity for the glucocorticoid receptor, is highly effective in downregulating in vitro pro-inflammatory activities of airway parenchymal cells when converted into the active metabolite desisobutyryl-ciclesonide. Objective: We evaluate whether ciclesonide could effectively downregulate also antigen- or allergen-induced activation of peripheral blood mononuclear cell and of allergen-specific T-cell blasts. Methods: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were isolated from non atopic and atopic asthmatic children sensitized to Phleum pratense (PhlP5). Proliferation toward Candida albicans or PhlP5 in the presence of ciclesonide or desisobutyryl-ciclesonide (0.003-3.0μM) was evaluated as [ 3H]thymidine incorporation. Modulation of PhlP5-specific T-cell blasts proliferation and PhlP5-induced interleukin 4 expression by ciclesonide and desisobutyryl-ciclesonide were measured. Results: Peripheral blood mononuclear cell proliferation to C. albicans was dose-dependently inhibited by 0.3-3.0μM ciclesonide and desisobutyryl-ciclesonide but inhibition by desisobutyryl-ciclesonide was higher. A significant proliferation to PhlP5 was observed only in cultures from atopic subjects: an effective downregulation was already detected at 0.03μM ciclesonide and 0.003μM desisobutyryl-ciclesonide (complete inhibition at 3μM ciclesonide and 0.03μM desisobutyryl-ciclesonide). 3μM ciclesonide and desisobutyryl-ciclesonide reduced the PhlP5-specific T-cell blast proliferation and interleukin 4-producing cell proportion. Conclusions and clinical relevance: These in vitro data, obtained at concentrations similar to those reached in vivo at bronchial level, are in favor of an efficient inhibition of ciclesonide on the T-cell mediated response toward allergens. Additional studies are required to confirm these preliminary data on the reduced activity of the drug on allergen-specific T-cell blast activation that may have clinical relevance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-196
Number of pages7
JournalImmunology Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 30 2012


  • Allergen-specific T-cell blasts
  • Antigen
  • Atopy
  • Corticosteroid
  • Peripheral blood mononuclear cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy


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