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J Immunol. 2000 Mar 15;164(6):3056-64.

Dominance of IL-12 over IL-4 in gamma delta T cell differentiation leads to default production of IFN-gamma: failure to down-regulate IL-12 receptor beta 2-chain expression.

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Sections of Rheumatology and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and Section of Immunobiology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.

Abstract

Gamma delta T cells secrete Th1- and Th2-like cytokines that help mediate innate and acquired immunity. We have addressed the mechanism whereby murine gamma delta T cells acquire the capacity to differentially produce such cytokines. Splenic gamma delta T cells could be polarized into IFN-gamma- or IL-4-secreting cells in vitro; however, in contrast to CD4+ alpha beta T cells, gamma delta T cells predominantly produced IFN-gamma, even in the presence of IL-4, a finding independent of genetic background. Like CD4+ Th1 cells, IFN-gamma-producing cells expressed the IL-12 receptor beta 2-chain after activation in the presence of IL-12; however, unlike Th2 cells, IL-4-primed gamma delta T cells also expressed this receptor, even in the absence of IFN-gamma and despite the presence of the transcription factor GATA-3. IL-12 also induced IL-4-primed gamma delta T cells to proliferate and to translocate Stat3/Stat4, indicating signaling through the IL-12 receptor. These molecular events can account for the predominant production of IFN-gamma by gamma delta T cells in the presence of IL-12, despite the availability of IL-4. Early and predominant production of IFN-gamma by gamma delta T cells likely is critical for the roles that these cells play in protection against intracellular pathogens and in tumor immunity.

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