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Immunol Cell Biol. 2011 May;89(4):535-9. doi: 10.1038/icb.2010.121. Epub 2010 Oct 26.

PD-1 modulates regulatory T cells and suppresses T-cell responses in HCV-associated lymphoma.

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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, East Tennessee State University College of Medicine, Box 70622, Johnson City, TN 37614, USA.


T regulatory (T(R)) cells suppress T-cell responses that are critical in the development of chronic viral infection and associated malignancies. Programmed death-1 (PD-1) also has a pivotal role in regulation of T-cell functions during chronic viral infection. To examine the role of PD-1 pathway in regulating T(R)-cell functions that inhibit T-cell responses during virus-associated malignancy, T(R) cells were investigated in the setting of hepatitis C virus-associated lymphoma (HCV-L), non-HCV-associated lymphoma (non-HCV-L), HCV infection alone and healthy subjects (HS). Relatively high numbers of CD4(+)CD25(+) and CD8(+)CD25(+) T(R) cells, as well as high levels of PD-1 expressions on these T(R) cells were found in the peripheral blood of subjects with HCV-L compared with those from non-HCV-L or HCV alone or HS. T(R) cells from the HCV-L subjects were capable of suppressing the autogeneic lymphocyte response, and depletion of T(R) cells in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from HCV-L improved T-cell proliferation. Additionally, the suppressed T-cell activation and proliferation in HCV-L was partially restored by blocking the PD-1 pathway ex vivo, resulting in both a reduction in T(R)-cell number and the ability of T(R) to suppress the activity of effector T cells. This study suggests that the PD-1 pathway is involved in regulating T(R) cells that suppress T-cell functions in the setting of HCV-associated B-cell lymphoma.

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