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Agonist-driven development of CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells requires a second signal mediated by Stat6.

Abstract

The factors that induce Foxp3 expression and regulatory T (Treg) cell development remain unknown. In this study, we investigated the role of STAT4 and STAT6 in agonist-driven generation of Ag-specific Foxp3-expressing Treg cells. Our findings indicate that fully efficient induction of Foxp3 expression and development of Ag-specific Treg cells requires the synergistic action of two signals: a TCR-mediated signal and a second signal mediated by STAT6. Indeed, by comparing the development of wild-type and STAT4- and STAT6-deficient hemagglutinin-specific T cells in the presence of hemagglutinin Ag, we found that the absence of STAT6 impaired the generation of Ag-specific CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ cells. Moreover, in transgenic mice expressing a constitutively active form of STAT6, we found that the fraction of CD4+Foxp3+ cells exceeds that of control wild-type littermates. Overall these findings support a role for the STAT6 pathway in Treg cell development and maintenance.

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Immunology

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pasteur-00161689 , version 1 (31-07-2007)

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Vanesa Sanchez-Guajardo, Corinne Tanchot, John T O'Malley, Mark H Kaplan, Sylvie Garcia, et al.. Agonist-driven development of CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells requires a second signal mediated by Stat6.. Journal of Immunology, 2007, 178 (12), pp.7550-6. ⟨10.4049/jimmunol.178.12.7550⟩. ⟨pasteur-00161689⟩
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