Nádia Duarte

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Lymph nodes (LNs) have been long considered as comprising few invariant NKT (iNKT) cells, and these cells have not been studied extensively. In this study, we unravel the existence of stable rather than transitional LN-resident NK1.1(-) iNKT cell populations. We found the one resident in peripheral LNs (PLNs) to comprise a major IL-17-producing population(More)
Type 1 diabetes in the nonobese diabetic (NOD) mouse is a multifactorial and polygenic disease. The NOD-derived genetic factors that contribute to type 1 diabetes are named Idd (insulin-dependent diabetes) loci. To date, the biological functions of the majority of the Idd loci remain unknown. We have previously reported that resistance of NOD immature(More)
Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen-4 (CTLA-4), or CD152, is a negative regulator of T-cell activation and has been shown to be associated with autoimmune diseases. Previous work has demonstrated a defect in the expression of this molecule in nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice upon anti-CD3 stimulation in vitro. Using a genetic approach we here demonstrate(More)
The nonobese diabetic mouse (NOD) is widely used as a model to study human type 1 diabetes (T1D). In the NOD mouse T1D is a T cell-mediated autoimmune disease of complex etiology in which B cells play an essential role. One of the major unresolved issues in T1D is the genetic and/or environmental factors that trigger the autoimmune reaction. In the NOD(More)
A role for regulatory lymphocytes has been demonstrated in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes in the NOD mouse but the nature of these cells is debated. CD1d-restricted NKT lymphocytes have been implicated in this process. Previous reports of reduced diabetes incidence in NOD mice in which the numbers of NKT cells are artificially increased have been(More)
Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells constitute a distinct subset of T lymphocytes exhibiting important immune-regulatory functions. Although various steps of their differentiation have been well characterized, the factors controlling their development remain poorly documented. Here, we show that TGF-beta controls the differentiation program of iNKT(More)
The NOD mouse is an important experimental model for human type 1 diabetes. T cells are central to NOD pathogenesis, and their function in the autoimmune process of diabetes has been well studied. In contrast, although recognized as important players in disease induction, the role of B cells is not clearly understood. In this study we characterize different(More)
The identification of genes mediating susceptibility to type 1 diabetes (T1D) remains a challenging task. Using a positional cloning approach based on the analysis of nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice congenic over the Idd6 diabetes susceptibility region, we found that the NOD allele at this locus mediates lower mRNA expression levels of the lymphoid restricted(More)
The Rockefeller University Press $30.00 J. Exp. Med. Vol. 206 No. 6 1365-1378 www.jem.org/cgi/doi/10.1084/jem.20090127 1365 Natural killer T cells (NKT) are a unique T cell lineage with the capacity to regulate immune responses. NKT cells are multifunctional. They have been described as being important in a variety of immune responses, including the(More)