Publications (3)3.2 Total impact
Article: [Expression of FOXP3 in CD4+ CD39+ T cells of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and dynamic observation of treatment with glucocorticoid].[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: To investigate the level of FOXP3 expressed in CD4+ CD39+ T cells in peripheral blood of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and observe the regulation of glucocorticoid on it. Frequencies of CD4+ CD25+ CD39+, CD4 CD25+ FOXP3+ and CD4+ CD39+ FOXP3+ T cells and levels of FOXP3 protein were analyzed by flow cytometry of 47 SLE patients (including 29 untreated/active SLE) and 22 healthy controls. Meanwhile, correlations among three groups and influences of glucocorticoid were analyzed. Percents of CD4+ CD25+ CD39+ T cells expressed in active SLE, inactive SLE and healthy controls were (1.3 +/- 0.5)%, (1.9 +/- 0.8)% and (2.3 +/- 1.0)% respectively, the level decreased in active SLE compared with inactive SLE and healthy controls P < 0.05 in each group, but it had no significant difference between the latter two groups (P > 0.05). In active SLE, levels of FOXP3 protein expressed in CD4+ CD25+, CD4+ CD25high and CD4+ CD39+ T cells were (45 +/- 12)%, (65 +/- 14)% and (70 +/- 14)% respectively. Levels of FOXP3 expressed in CD4+ CD25high and CD4+ CD39+ T cells were higher than that expressed in CD4+ CD25+ T cells (P < 0.01), while it had no significant difference between CD4 CD25high T cells and CD4+ CD39+ T cells (P > 0.05). These results demonstrate that CD39 may be a better surface marker of regulatory T cells, and that deficiency of CD39+ Treg cells may play an important role in the pathogenesis of SLE.Zhonghua yi xue za zhi 06/2009; 89(23):1636-8.
Article: The expressions of Toll-like receptor 9 and T-bet in circulating B and T cells in newly diagnosed, untreated systemic lupus erythematosus and correlations with disease activity and laboratory data in a Chinese population.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) plays a controversial role in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). T-bet may be involved in the processes between the initiation of TLR9 activation and the antibodies' production. To clarify the paradox of TLR9, we investigated the intracellular expressions of TLR9 and T-bet in B and T cells in peripheral blood samples from 35 newly diagnosed, untreated patients with SLE and 16 healthy subjects by flow cytometry (FCM). And we collected the clinic laboratory data obtained from the same individual blood sample tested by FCM each time. And the correlations among the expression levels of the two proteins and SLE laboratory data were calculated. We found the percentages of B cells expressing TLR9 and T-bet and of T cells expressing TLR9 were significantly elevated in SLE patients when compared with healthy controls. There was a significantly negative relationship between the proportion of B cells expressing TLR9 and SLE Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI) score. The serum levels of anti-dsDNA antibody reversely correlated with the mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) of B cells co-expressing T-bet and TLR9. The serum levels of anti-C1q antibody significantly associated with the proportion of B cells expressing T-bet. Also, the serum levels of IgM and IgA antibodies both significantly correlated with TLR9 and T-bet expressions in T and B cells. According to the immunological pathway knowledge and the mutually verified associations, the following conclusions are made. Expressions of TLR9 and T-bet were increased in patients with SLE. TLR9 may have a role to play in protecting against lupus. And the increase of the co-expression of TLR9 and T-bet may be of benefit to the protective antibodies' production and pathogenic antibodies' decline, and could be regarded as a good sign for lupus demission and/or treatment.Immunobiology 02/2009; 214(5):392-402. · 3.20 Impact Factor
Article: [Expression of CD4+ CD25+ CD127(low/-) T cells in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus].[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: To detect the new and old surface markers of regulatory T cells (Treg cells) in the CD4+ T cells of the patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in order to reveal the role of Treg cells in the pathogenesis of SLE. Peripheral blood samples were collected from 29 newly diagnosed and treatment-naïve SLE patients, 3 males and 26 females, aged (34 +/- 13), and 24 sex and aged-matched healthy controls. Three-color flow cytometry was used to detect the CD4+CD25+ CD127(low/-) T cells, CD4+CD25high T cells, and CD4+CD25+FOXP3+ T cells. The serum anti-nuclear antibody (ANA), anti-ds-DNA antibody, anti-smooth muscle antibody, anti-nucleosome antibody, anti-C1q, C3, and C4 were detected. Blood and urine routine examinations were conducted. The proportion of blood CD4+ CD25+CD127(low/-) T cells of the SLE patients was not significantly different from that of the controls (P > 0.05), however, the proportions of CD4+CD25+FOXP3+ T cells and CD4+CD25high T cells of the SLE patients were 2.1 +/- 1.2 and 0.8 +/- 0.4 respectively, both significantly lower than those of the controls (4.0 +/- 1.4 and 1.8 +/- 0.8 respectively, both P <0.01). The ratios of the CD4+CD25+CD127(low/-) T cells, CD4+CD25high T cells, and CD4+CD25+FOXP3+ T cells to the CD4+CD25+ T cells of the SLE patients were 0.5 +/- 0.1, 0.1 +/- 0, and 0.3 +/- 0.1 respectively, all significantly lower than those of the controls (0.6 +/- 0.1, 0.2 +/- 0.1, and 0.5 +/- 0. respectively, all P <0.01). The level of CD4+CD25+CD127(low/-) T cell was positively correlated with the levels of CD4+CD25+FOXP3+ T cells and CD4+CD25high T cell (both P < 0.01). The levels of these 3 kinds of cells and their ratios to CD4+CD25+ T cells had no correlation with age, sex, course, IgG, IgA, IgM, urine protein, TIPU, anti-dsDNA, anti-C1q, anti-nuclear body antibody (all P > 0.05), however, were significantly associated negatively with SLE disease activity index, P < 0.05). Only the CD4+CD25+CD127(low/-) T cells/ CD4+CD25+ T cells was negatively correlated with C4 (P <0.01). The relative ratio of Treg cells to the activated CD4+ T cells may play an important role in the pathogenesis of SLE.Zhonghua yi xue za zhi 02/2008; 88(7):453-6.