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Cell Immunol. 2002 Feb;215(2):162-72.

IL-10 alters DC function via modulation of cell surface molecules resulting in impaired T-cell responses.

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Autoimmune Diseases Unit, Novartis Research Institute, Vienna, Austria.


IL-10 is a potent inhibitor of T-cell activation and has tolerizing effects on these cells. These effects are primarily mediated via modulation of antigen presenting cell function. Here, it is demonstrated that IL-10 completely inhibits LPS-induced DC maturation, resulting in altered DC-T-cell interactions and reduced T-cell responses. IL-10 inhibited LPS-induced upregulation of costimulatory molecules, MHC Class II, and the secretion of IL-12, TNF-alpha, IL-6, and IL-1beta by DCs, although it upregulated the SLAM (CD150) expression at both the mRNA and protein levels. IL-10 pre-treated DC did not respond to subsequent LPS activation and its stimulatory ability for allogeneic and antigen-specific T-cells was severely impaired. Importantly, T-cells derived from co-cultures with Ag-pulsed, IL-10-treated DC were impaired in their responses to subsequent Ag-specific restimulation. Transwell and DC-derived plasma membrane experiments indicated that the capacity of IL-10-treated DC to induce T-cell unresponsiveness results from alterations in the cell surface molecules rather than modulation of cytokine secretion.

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