γδ T cells are critical for the induction of anterior chamber-associated immune deviation

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Abstract

  • Anterior chamber-associated immune deviation (ACAID) is a systemic form of tolerance that is elicited by introducing antigens into the anterior chamber of the eye. ACAID is characterized by deficiencies in delayed-type hypersensitivity and complement-fixing antibodies upon subsequent challenge with antigen. The mechanisms responsible for the generation of this form of tolerance are not yet completely clear. Here we asked whether γδ T cells, which are critical in the induction of oral tolerance and nasal tolerance, play a role in ACAID. The percentage of splenic γδ T cells was higher in mice that received antigen via the anterior chamber compared to untreated mice. In addition, CD44 was up-regulated on some splenic γδ and αβ T cells after the intraocular injection of antigen. Moreover, administration of antigen into the anterior chamber did not induce ACAID in the C57BL/6 mice pretreated with anti-mouse δ-chain monoclonal antibody or in the γδ T-cell-receptor-deficient (δ-/-) mice. γδ T cells from wild-type mice reconstituted ACAID when transferred into the δ-/- mice before injection of antigen, verifying that the deficiency in δ-/- mice results from the lack of γδ T cells rather than from an inadvertent change caused by deletion of the δ-chain. These findings indicate that γδ T cells play a very important role in ocular tolerance.
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  • Immunology  Journal
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  • Xu Y; Kapp JA
  • Start Page

  • 142
  • End Page

  • 148
  • Volume

  • 104
  • Issue

  • 2