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IL-6-dependent spontaneous proliferation is required for the induction of colitogenic IL-17-producing CD8+ T cells.

ABSTRACT: We propose a novel role for interleukin (IL) 6 in inducing rapid spontaneous proliferation (SP) of naive CD8(+) T cells, which is a crucial step in the differentiation of colitogenic CD8(+) T cells. Homeostasis of T cells is regulated by two distinct modes of cell proliferation: major histocompatibility complex/antigen-driven rapid SP and IL-7/IL-15-dependent slow homeostatic proliferation. Using our novel model of CD8(+) T cell-dependent colitis, we found that SP of naive CD8(+) T cells is essential for inducing pathogenic cytokine-producing effector T cells. The rapid SP was predominantly induced in mesenteric lymph nodes (LNs) but not in peripheral LNs under the influence of intestinal flora and IL-6. Indeed, this SP was markedly inhibited by treatment with anti-IL-6 receptor monoclonal antibody (IL-6R mAb) or antibiotic-induced flora depletion, but not by anti-IL-7R mAb and/or in IL-15-deficient conditions. Concomitantly with the inhibition of SP, anti-IL-6R mAb significantly inhibited the induction of CD8(+) T cell-dependent autoimmune colitis. Notably, the transfer of naive CD8(+) T cells derived from IL-17(-/-) mice did not induce autoimmune colitis. Thus, we conclude that IL-6 signaling is crucial for SP under lymphopenic conditions, which subsequently caused severe IL-17-producing CD8(+) T cell-mediated autoimmune colitis. We suggest that anti-IL-6R mAb may become a promising strategy for the therapy of colitis.


PROVIDER: S-EPMC2373835 | BioStudies | 2008-01-01T00:00:00Z

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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