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Research Project: Intestinal Microbial Ecology and Metagenomic Strategies to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance and Foodborne Pathogens

Location: Food Safety and Enteric Pathogens Research

Title: Innate immunomodulation in food animals: evidence for trained immunity?

Author
item Byrne, Kristen
item Loving, Crystal
item MCGILL, JODI - Iowa State University

Submitted to: Frontiers in Immunology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/6/2020
Publication Date: 6/5/2020
Citation: Byrne, K.A., Loving, C.L., McGill, J.L. 2020. Innate immunomodulation in food animals: evidence for trained immunity? Frontiers in Immunology. 11:1099. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2020.01099.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2020.01099

Interpretive Summary: Enhancing an animal’s own immune response is a method to improve resistance to disease and limit antibiotic use. Exposure to microbes or products from microbes, such as the bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine or yeast cell wall beta-glucans, changes the innate immune system of an animal. Then, when an animal is exposed to a a harmful bacteria or virus, the innate immune system is primed to combat the infection. Over the last decade, significant advancements have increased our understanding of this phenomenon, referred to as innate training, in humans and rodent models. Now, strategies are being developed to specifically target or regulate innate training in food animals. In veterinary species, the concept of enhancing the innate immune system is not new; however, there are few studies which have specifically investigated innate training. This review focuses on studies describing innate training, or similar work, in cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, and fish species, and discusses the potential benefits and shortcomings of innate training for enhancing disease resistance.

Technical Abstract: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a significant problem in health care, animal health, and food safety. To limit AMR, there is a need for alternatives to antibiotics to enhance disease resistance and support judicious antibiotic usage in animals and humans. Immunomodulation is a promising strategy to enhance disease resistance without antibiotics in food animals. One rapidly evolving field of immunomodulation is innate memory in which innate immune cells undergo epigenetic changes and chromatin remodeling, and metabolic reprogramming upon a priming event that results in either enhanced or suppressed responsiveness to secondary stimuli (training or tolerance, respectively). Exposure to live agents such as bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG) or microbe-derived products such as LPS or yeast cell wall beta-glucans can reprogram or ‘train’ the innate immune system. Over the last decade, significant advancements increased our understanding of innate training in humans and rodent models, and strategies are being developed to specifically target or regulate innate memory. In veterinary species, the concept of enhancing the innate immune system is not new; however, there are few available studies which have purposefully investigated innate training as it has been defined in human literature. The development of targeted approaches to engage innate training in food animals, with the practical goal of enhancing the capacity to limit disease without the use of antibiotics, is an area which deserves attention. In this review, we provide an overview of innate immunomodulation and memory, and the mechanisms which regulate this long-term functional reprogramming in other animals (e.g., humans, rodents). We focus on studies describing innate training, or similar phenomenon (often referred to as heterologous or nonspecific protection), in cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, and fish species; and discuss the potential benefits and shortcomings of engaging innate training for enhancing disease resistance.