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Nat Immunol. 2004 Jun;5(6):597-605. Epub 2004 May 9.

Self-reactivity in thymic double-positive cells commits cells to a CD8 alpha alpha lineage with characteristics of innate immune cells.

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Section on Immunology and Immunogenetics, Joslin Diabetes Center; Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, One Joslin Place, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA.


Thymocytes displaying self-reactive T cell receptors usually undergo negative selection in the thymus. Here we demonstrate that agonist peptides can promote positive selection of immature double-positive thymocytes into distinct lineages, varying with the agonist concentration and the animal's age. Microarray gene expression analyses showed broad transcriptional alterations in a set of transcripts associated with the innate immune system, as well as silencing of CD8 beta expression. The resulting CD8 alpha alpha T cells showed a rapid effector cytokine response. Hence, T cells displaying self-reactive receptors can have the gene expression profile and phenotypic characteristics of innate immune cells.

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