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We previously showed that exposure to a high-sugar and moderate-fat diet (i.e., Western diet, WD) in mice induces appreciable skin inflammation and enhances the susceptibility to imiquimod-induced psoriasiform dermatitis (PsD), suggesting that dietary components may render the skin susceptible to psoriatic inflammation. Herein, utilizing an IL-23 minicircle (MC)-based model with features of both PsD and psoriatic arthritis (PsA), we showed that intake of WD for 10 weeks predisposed mice not only to skin but also joint inflammation. Both WD-induced skin and joint injuries were associated with an expansion of IL-17A-producing γδ T cells and increased expression of Th17 cytokines. After IL-23 MC delivery, WD-fed mice had reduced microbial diversity and pronounced dysbiosis. Treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics suppressed IL-23-mediated skin and joint inflammation in WD-fed mice. Strikingly, reduced skin and joint inflammation with a partial reversion of the gut microbiota were noted when mice switched from a WD to a standard diet after IL-23 MC delivery. These findings reveal that short-term WD intake-induced dysbiosis is accompanied by enhanced psoriasis-like skin and joint inflammation. Modifications toward a healthier dietary pattern should be considered in patients with psoriatic skin and/or joint disease.
Samuel T Hwang
Zhenrui Shi,Xuesong Wu,Clarissa Santos Rocha,Matthew Rolston,Emma Garcia-Melchor,Mindy Huynh,Mimi Nguyen,Timothy Law,Kelly N Haas,Daisuke Yamada,Neal L Millar,Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan,Satya Dandekar,Samuel T Hwang