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Cell Immunol. 2004 Feb;227(2):129-39.

The T cell activation marker CD150 can be used to identify alloantigen-activated CD4(+)25+ regulatory T cells.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, The Medical College of Wisconsin and the Children's Research Institute of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA. mbrownin@mcw.edu


We have been investigating whether alloantigen-specific CD4(+)25+ regulatory T cells can be identified for use in treating graft-versus-host disease. CD150, which is upregulated on the surface of all activated T lymphocytes, was identified as a candidate marker for alloantigen-activated CD4(+)25+ regulatory T cells by gene chip analysis. Freshly isolated CD4(+)25+ cells had only low cell-surface expression of CD150, comparable to that of CD4(+)25- T cells. Increased CD150 expression was observed on all T cells after coculture with allogeneic stimulator cells. When purified CD4(+)25+ cells were precultured with allogeneic stimulator cells, then sorted into CD150+ and CD150- subsets, allosuppressive activity was contained primarily in the CD150+ fraction. These cells also suppressed the proliferation of alloantigen-activated autologous T cells, and they could be expanded in vitro without loss of their suppressive capacity. These results suggest that CD150 can be used as a marker for the identification of purified alloantigen-activated CD4(+)25+ regulatory T cells.

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