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Costimulatory Pathways as A Basic Mechanisms of Activing A Tolerances Signal in T Cells

M Magott - Procelewska

Ann Transplant 2004; 9(3): 13-18

ID: 10210

Immune tolerance is an active response leading to the T cell unresponsiveness in the presence of the graft, which may develop through acouple of mechanisms including costimulation blockade. The CD28/B7 and CD40L/CD40 costimulatory pathways have been described as the critical for T cell activation. When activated T cell upregulate CTLA4, which importance as a negative regulatory costimulatory molecule is highlighted by the recent evidence suggesting that CTLA4 may function as a master switch for peripheral T cell tolerance. The effects of CTLA4 engagement are directed at the inhibition of CD28 signaling. Modulation of proximal TCR signals and down-stream effector pathways of T cell activation result in altered T cell differentiation and downregulation of immune responses. CTLA4 may regulate signal transduction in a rare subset of CD4+CD25+ T cells which leads to differentiation into regulatory cells. CD40L/CD40 interaction provides a bi-directional signal for T and B cell activation. A possible mechanisms of tolerance induction by CD40L/CD40 blockade involve reduction in expression of B7 molecules, effects on bcl-xL gene and APC function modification. The role of the new discovered pathways: ICOS/B7RP-1 and PD-1/PD-L1 in regulation of T cell response in transplantation is becoming apparent.

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