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Increased CD127 expression on activated FOXP3+CD4+ regulatory T cells.

Abstract : Regulatory T cells (Treg) are commonly identified by CD25 (IL-2R alpha) surface expression and/or intracellular expression of the FOXP3 transcription factor. In addition, Treg are also characterized by low CD127 (IL-7R alpha) expression when compared to conventional T cells and their biology in the periphery is considered essentially independent of IL-7. We further investigated CD127 expression on Treg and we demonstrated differential CD127 expression depending on Treg subsets considered. Notably, we observed high CD127 expression on inducible costimulatory molecule (ICOS)- and CD103-expressing Treg subsets. Since these two markers reflect activation status, we addressed whether Treg activation modulated CD127 expression. We demonstrated that in contrast to conventional T cells, Treg significantly upregulated CD127 expression during in vitro and in vivo activation using adoptive transfer and contact dermatitis models. High CD127 expression on Treg was also predominantly detected ex vivo in some specific sites, notably bone marrow and skin. Importantly, higher CD127 expression on Treg correlated with higher phosphorylation of STAT5 upon IL-7 exposure. High CD127 expression on Treg also provided survival advantage upon in vitro incubation with IL-7. We thus demonstrated that low CD127 expression is not an intrinsic characteristic of Treg and we identified activated Treg as a potential target of endogenous or therapeutic IL-7.
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Federico Simonetta, Amel Chiali, Corinne Cordier, Alejandra Urrutia, Isabelle Girault, et al.. Increased CD127 expression on activated FOXP3+CD4+ regulatory T cells.. European Journal of Immunology, Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2010, 40 (9), pp.2528-38. ⟨10.1002/eji.201040531⟩. ⟨inserm-00525137⟩



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