CD8 alpha+, but not CD8 alpha-, dendritic cells tolerize Th2 responses via contact-dependent and -independent mechanisms, and reverse airway hyperresponsiveness, Th2, and eosinophil responses in a mouse model of asthma.

Splenic CD8alpha+ dendritic cells reportedly tolerize T cell responses by inducing Fas ligand-mediated apoptosis, suppressing IL-2 expression, or catabolizing T cell tryptophan reserves through expression of IDO. We report in this study that CD8alpha+, but not CD8alpha-, dendritic cells purified from the spleens of normal mice can tolerize the Th2 responses… (More)