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Immunity. 1994 Aug;1(5):405-13.

CTLA-4 can function as a negative regulator of T cell activation.

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University of Chicago, Illinois 60637.


CD28 and CTLA-4 are related glycoproteins found on T cells. Ligation of CD28 following antigen receptor engagement provides a costimulatory signal required for T cell activation. Anti-CTLA-4 antibodies were generated to examine the role of the CTLA-4 receptor on murine T cells. Expression of CTLA-4 as a homodimer is up-regulated 2-3 days following T cell activation. Anti-CTLA-4 antibodies and Fab fragments augmented T cell proliferation in an allogeneic MLR. However, when optimal costimulation and Fc cross-linking were present, anti-CTLA-4 Mabs inhibited T cell proliferation. Together, these results suggest that the MAb may obstruct the interaction of CTLA-4 with its natural ligand and block a negative signal, or directly signal T cells to down-regulate immune function.

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