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J Immunol. 2002 Mar 1;168(5):2096-9.

Cutting edge: Attenuated experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in eta-1/osteopontin-deficient mice.

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  • 1Department of Cancer Immunology and AIDS, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Recent studies indicate that early T lymphocyte activation 1 (Eta-1), also known as osteopontin, is a cytokine contributing to the development of Th1 immunity. In the present report, the role of Eta-1 in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a disease associated with Th1 immunity, was examined by analysis of disease progression in Eta-1-deficient (Eta-1-/-) mice. Although incidence and onset of peptide-induced EAE were found to be similar in Eta-1-/- and Eta-1+/+ mice, Eta-1-/- mice displayed significantly lower mean maximal clinical score and faster recovery without spontaneous relapses. Accordingly, decreased inflammatory infiltration and demyelination were observed in the spinal cords of Eta-1-/- mice. Furthermore, in comparison to Eta-1+/+, Eta-1-/- CD4+ T cells had reduced expression of IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha upon ex vivo restimulation. Taken together, these results suggest that Eta-1 may sustain autoimmune responses by assisting in maintenance of Th1 immunity during EAE.

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