Send to

Choose Destination
Semin Immunol. 2006 Apr;18(2):93-102. Epub 2006 Feb 15.

The interactions of dendritic cells with antigen-specific, regulatory T cells that suppress autoimmunity.

Author information

Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology and the Chris Browne Center for Immunology and Immune Diseases, The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue, Box 176, New York, NY 10021-6399, USA.


Dendritic cells (DCs) are important for several aspects of the development and function of CD4(+) CD25(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs), which are critical for maintaining peripheral tolerance and preventing autoimmunity. In cultures from human thymus, dendritic cells (DCs) conditioned with thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) mediate the production of Tregs from CD4(+) CD25(-) thymocytes. In cultures from mouse lymphoid organs, CD86-rich DCs induce the proliferation and improved suppressive function of antigen-specific Tregs. DC-expanded, antigen-specific Tregs show greatly enhanced efficacy relative to polyclonal populations in blocking experimental autoimmunity. In several animal models including NOD diabetes, Tregs directed to one autoantigen are able to block autoimmunity induced by multiple antigens from the target organ. Distinct states of DC differentiation or maturation are likely to be important for the emerging roles of DCs in the biology of Tregs, particularly the control of autoimmunity in an antigen-dependent manner.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center