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J Immunol. 2007 Apr 1;178(7):4466-72.

Resident Vdelta1+ gammadelta T cells control early infiltration of neutrophils after Escherichia coli infection via IL-17 production.

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Division of Host Defense, Medical Institute of Bioregulation, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan.


Neutrophils infiltrate the site of infection and play critical roles in host defense, especially against extracellular bacteria. In the present study, we found a rapid and transient production of IL-17 after i.p. infection with Escherichia coli, preceding the influx of neutrophils. Neutralization of IL-17 resulted in a reduced infiltration of neutrophils and an impaired bacterial clearance. Ex vivo intracellular cytokine flow cytometric analysis revealed that gammadelta T cell population was the major source of IL-17. Mice depleted of gammadelta T cells by mAb treatment or mice genetically lacking Vdelta1 showed diminished IL-17 production and reduced neutrophil infiltration after E. coli infection, indicating an importance of Vdelta1(+) gammadelta T cells as the source of IL-17. It was further revealed that gammadelta T cells in the peritoneal cavity of naive mice produced IL-17 in response to IL-23, which was induced rapidly after E. coli infection in a TLR4 signaling-dependent manner. Thus, although gammadelta T cells are generally regarded as a part of early induced immune responses, which bridge innate and adaptive immune responses, our study demonstrated a novel role of gammadelta T cells as a first line of host defense controlling neutrophil-mediated innate immune responses.

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