Regulatory T cells play an essential role in preventing fetal rejection by the maternal immune system. Here we show that, based on the expression of CCR5, regulatory T cells can be divided into a highly suppressive CCR5+ and a far less suppressive CCR5- subpopulation, suggesting that the former represent the effector arm of regulatory T cells. Although regulatory T cells from CCR5-/- gene deletion mutants still suppress, they are less effective mediators of maternal-fetal tolerance. The accumulation of CCR5+ regulatory T cells at this site appears to be enhanced by alloantigen. This finding is in stark contrast to the systemic expansion of regulatory T cells during pregnancy, which appears to be alloantigen- independent. The fact that CCR5+ regulatory T cells preferentially accumulate in the gravid uterus and that expression of CCR5 on regulatory T cells can be induced by activation lead us to propose that CCR5 is responsible for the accumulation of those regulatory T cells that have been activated by paternal antigens.
|Titolo:||Alloantigen-enhanced accumulation of CCR5+ 'effector' regulatory T cells in the gravid uterus|
KALLIKOURDIS, MARINOS (Primo)
|Parole Chiave:||Chemokine receptor; Effector T cells; Pregnancy; Tolerance|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/04 - Patologia Generale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1073/pnas.0604268104|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|