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Eur J Immunol. 1993 Sep;23(9):2379-82.

Autoimmune gld mutation uncouples suicide and cytokine/proliferation pathways in activated, mature T cells.

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Department of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis 63110.


Antigen receptor-directed suicide plays an important role in the elimination of potentially autoaggressive immature T cells during thymic differentiation. Here we demonstrated evidence for a second pathway of receptor-directed suicide in mature T cells that is missing in a mutant strain (gld) of mice with an "autoimmune" lymphoproliferative syndrome. The defect is evident within the gld activated T cell and does not require the presence of an antigen-presenting cell for its expression. Receptor-driven suicide is intact in immature T cells of animals with this mutation. These results support the significance of receptor-directed suicide in the mature T cell compartment and suggest that the immune system may use three independent pathways for regulating programmed cell death in shaping and controlling the immune response.

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