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Cytotoxic T-Lymphocye Antigen 4 (CTLA-4) or CD152 is an inhibitory molecule that plays a critical role in maintenance of tolerance to self-antigens. CTLA-4 is structurally as well as functionally related to CD28, since it shares 31% of homology and binds the B7 family molecules CD80 and CD86 with higher affinity. Nevertheless, CTLA-4 has opposing effects on(More)
Follicular helper T cells (T(FH)) have been implicated as a lineage that provides sufficient help to B cells in order to become professional antibody producers. This T helper subset is characterized by a distinctive cell-surface phenotype (CD4(+)CD57(+)CXCR5(+)) and cytokine profile (IL-21, IL-6, and IL-27) as well as transcriptional program (BCL-6, ICOS,(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze whether the expression and modulation of T cell receptor (TCR) signaling is dependent on Casitas B lineage lymphoma b (Cbl-b) in T cells from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) upon stimulation with a tolerogenic substance. METHODS Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were obtained from 20 patients with SLE (active disease(More)
The role of T cells in idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIM) is not yet clear. Some alterations in certain subsets have been reported in inflamed muscle cells. However, a broad quantitative assessment of peripheral T cell subsets has not been evaluated. The aim of this study was to address the quantitative profile of potential pathogenic T cell subsets,(More)
T cells from systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients display a wide array of anomalies in peripheral immune tolerance mechanisms. The role of ubiquitin ligases such as Cbl-b has been described recently in these phenomena. However, its role in resistance to suppression phenotype in SLE has not been characterized, which was the aim of the present study.(More)
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a major complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). At our Institution, patients transplanted using G-CSF-primed bone marrow (G-BM), have a lower incidence of GVHD when compared to other sources. The objective of this study was to analyze and compare T cell subsets and cytokines in(More)
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