Ig-reactive CD4+CD25+ T cells from tolerized (New Zealand Black x New Zealand White)F1 mice suppress in vitro production of antibodies to DNA.

Abstract

We have recently shown that tolerogenic administration of an artificial peptide (pConsensus) that is based on sequences within the V(H) regions of several murine anti-dsDNA Ig delays appearance of autoantibodies in female (New Zealand Black (NZB) x New Zealand White (NZW))F(1) (NZB/W F(1)) mice and significantly prolongs their survival. The aim of this study was to characterize the T cell population(s) involved in pConsensus-induced down-regulation of autoimmune responses in tolerized NZB/W F(1) mice. Using MHC class II dimers loaded with tolerogenic peptide, we found that pCons favored expansion of peptide-reactive CD4(+)CD25(+) regulatory T cells (T(R)) that inhibited in vitro production of anti-dsDNA Ab-forming cells. Suppression by T(R) was abrogated by the presence in culture of Ab to glucocorticoid-induced TNFR family member 18 or to TGFbeta latency-associated protein. These findings suggest possible relevance of Ag specificity in the mechanism of T(R)-mediated immune tolerance to Ig-derived peptides in NZB/W F(1) mice.

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@article{Cava2004IgreactiveCT, title={Ig-reactive CD4+CD25+ T cells from tolerized (New Zealand Black x New Zealand White)F1 mice suppress in vitro production of antibodies to DNA.}, author={Antonio La Cava and Fanny M. Ebling and Bevra Hannahs Hahn}, journal={Journal of immunology}, year={2004}, volume={173 5}, pages={3542-8} }