Tamako Shinohara

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We have previously demonstrated that IL-7 is essential for the persistence of colitis as a survival factor of colitogenic IL-7Rα-expressing memory CD4(+) T cells. Because IL-7Rα is broadly expressed on various immune cells, it is possible that the persistence of colitogenic CD4(+) T cells is affected by other IL-7Rα-expressing non-T cells. To test this(More)
IL-2 and IL-7 share a common gamma-chain receptor and are critical for T-cell homeostasis. We aimed to clarify the reciprocal roles of IL-2 and IL-7 in the development and persistence of chronic colitis. We performed a series of adoptive transfers of IL-2(-/-) CD4(+)CD45RB(high) T cells into RAG-2(-/-) mice and assessed the role of IL-2 in the induction of(More)
To understand the perpetuation of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it is important to clarify whether the colitogenic CD4(+) T cells are self-limited effector or long-lived memory T cells. We here investigate the latency of colitogenic CD4(+) T cells in the remission stage of colitis under germfree (GF) conditions. We isolated splenic (SP) CD4(+) T cells(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The egress of memory T cells from peripheral tissues, such as lung and skin, into the draining lymph nodes requires their expression of CC chemokine receptor 7 (CCR7). In the intestine, resident memory T cells in the intestinal lamina propria (LP) do not express CCR7, indicating that they are tissue bound and do not exit the intestine. (More)
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