AAV9-mediated functional screening for cardioprotective cytokines in Coxsackievirus-B3-induced myocarditis

Paolo Carai, Giulia Ruozi, Alexandra Paye, Yannick Debing, Francesca Bortolotti, Julie Lecomte, Lorena Zentilin, Elizabeth A.V. Jones, Mauro Giacca, Stephane Heymans*

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Viral myocarditis (VM) is an important cause of heart failure (HF) in children and adults. However, the molecular determinants involved in cardiac inflammation and cardiomyocyte necrosis remain poorly characterized, and cardioprotective molecules are currently missing. Here, we applied an in vivo method based on the functional selection (FunSel) of cardioprotective factors using AAV vectors for the unbiased identification of novel immunomodulatory molecules in a Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3)-induced myocarditis mouse model. Two consecutive rounds of in vivo FunSel using an expression library of 60 cytokines were sufficient to identify five cardioprotective factors (IL9, IL3, IL4, IL13, IL15). The screening also revealed three cytokines (IL18, IL17b, and CCL11) that were counter-selected and likely to exert a detrimental effect. The pooled overexpression of the five most enriched cytokines using AAV9 vectors decreased inflammation and reduced cardiac dilatation, persisting at 1 month after treatment. Individual overexpression of IL9, the top ranking in our functional selection, markedly reduced cardiac inflammation and injury, concomitant with an increase of anti-inflammatory Th2-cells and a reduction of pro-inflammatory Th17- and Th22-cells at 14 days post-infection. AAV9-mediated FunSel cardiac screening identified IL9 and other four cytokines (IL3, IL4, IL13, and IL15) as cardioprotective factors in CVB3-induced VM in mice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7304
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


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