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A mechanism for expansion of the regulatory T cell repertoire and its role in enforcing self-tolerance

ABSTRACT: To investigate the influence of CNS3, a cis-regulatory element in the Foxp3 locus, on the selection of T cell antigen receptor (TCR) repertoire of regulator CD4+ T cells (Treg), we crossed Foxp3ΔCNS3-gfp or control Foxp3gfp mice to DO11.10 TCRβ transgene and Tcra-/+ background. We isolated Treg and conventional CD4+T cells from thymus, spleen and lymph nodes of Foxp3ΔCNS3-gfp DO11.10 TCRβ Tcra-/+ or Foxp3gfp DO11.10 TCRβ Tcra-/+ male littermates, and sequenced the TCRα chains. Analysis of the diversity of Complementary Determining Region 3 (CDR3) of TCRα showed a distinct clustering of CNS3-deficient Treg cells from the CNS3-sufficient ones. Overall design: DO11.10 TCRβ transgene inhibits the recombination of endogenous Tcrb loci thus restricting TCR repertoire to TCRα chains expressed by T cells. Further limitation of the TCR repertoire was achieved by the presence of one functional Tcra gene. With restricted TCR repertoire, mRNA of TCRα was extracted from Treg and conventional CD4+ T cells for library preparation and high throughput sequencing.

INSTRUMENT(S): Illumina MiSeq (Mus musculus)

SUBMITTER: Alexander Y Rudensky  

PROVIDER: GSE71162 | GEO | 2015-10-05



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T-cell receptor (TCR) signalling has a key role in determining T-cell fate. Precursor cells expressing TCRs within a certain low-affinity range for complexes of self-peptide and major histocompatibility complex (MHC) undergo positive selection and differentiate into naive T cells expressing a highly diverse self-MHC-restricted TCR repertoire. In contrast, precursors displaying TCRs with a high affinity for 'self' are either eliminated through TCR-agonist-induced apoptosis (negative selection) or  ...[more]

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