A Defect in Interleukin 12–Induced Activation and Interferon γ Secretion of Peripheral Natural Killer T Cells in Nonobese Diabetic Mice Suggests New Pathogenic Mechanisms for Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus

@article{Falcone1999ADI,
  title={A Defect in Interleukin 12–Induced Activation and Interferon γ Secretion of Peripheral Natural Killer T Cells in Nonobese Diabetic Mice Suggests New Pathogenic Mechanisms for Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus},
  author={Marika Falcone and Brian Yeung and Lee Tucker and Enrique Rodriguez and Nora E. Sarvetnick},
  journal={The Journal of Experimental Medicine},
  year={1999},
  volume={190},
  pages={963 - 972}
}
The function of natural killer T (NKT) cells in the immune system has yet to be determined. There is some evidence that their defect is associated with autoimmunity, but it is still unclear how they play a role in regulating the pathogenesis of T cell-mediated autoimmune diseases. It was originally proposed that NKT cells could control autoimmunity by shifting the cytokine profile of autoimmune T cells toward a protective T helper 2 cell (Th2) type. However, it is now clear that the major… CONTINUE READING

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