Persistent central memory phenotype of circulating Fel d 1 peptide/DRB1*0101 tetramer-binding CD4(+) T cells

Medical Research Council Human Immunology Unit, University of Oxford, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom.
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Impact Factor: 11.48). 01/2007; 118(6):1350-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2006.07.040
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Although substantial evidence suggests that T cells are important in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD), little is known of the differentiation status of CD4+ T cells specific for common environmental allergens.
To determine the frequency, differentiation phenotype, and function of circulating allergen-specific CD4+ T cells in adult individuals with severe persistent AD and controls.
Using tetrameric complexes of an HLA DRB1*0101 restricted epitope from Fel d 1, the major IgE-reactive component of cat dander, we studied ex vivo and cultured T-cell frequency and phenotype in individuals with AD and healthy controls. Cytokine secretion was measured by ex vivo and cultured IFN-gamma, IL-4, and IL-10 enzyme linked immuno-spot analysis.
Ex vivo Fel d 1-specific DRB1*0101-restricted CD4+ T cells express high levels of CCR7, CD62L, CD27, and CD28 and proportionately low levels of tissue-specific homing receptors and TH1 and TH2 cytokine production, placing the cells largely within the central memory subgroup.
Circulating Fel d 1-specific DRB1*0101-restricted CD4+ T cells maintain central memory capacity, consistent with a potential to contribute to persisting clinical atopic disease.
Persisting central memory characteristics of allergen-specific CD4+ T cells in individuals with AD may contribute to chronic disease.

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    • "This result is in line with our previous estimations on lipocalin allergen-specific CD4+ T cells, analyzed with the same method [34], [54], [55] or with peptide-HLA class II tetramers [55]. Exploiting the latter methodology, other investigators have reported similar or higher frequencies for CD4+ T cells specific to the cat allergen Fel d 1 [56], the birch pollen allergen Bet v 1 [57], [58] or the mite allergens Der p 1 and 2 [59]. "
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    • "We present here the first detailed description of CD154+ T cells responding to birch allergen in non-atopic control subjects and birch pollinosis patients. Activated Th1, Th2 and Tr1-like lymphocytes were identified in varying proportions in allergic and non-allergic participants, with considerable overlap between the groups, supporting the mixed cytokine profile previously described for a number of allergens [8,9]. However, we demonstrate a novel relationship between the frequencies of these T cell subsets in birch tolerance, maintaining a low Th2: Th1 ratio and an appropriate frequency of IL-10+ T cells. "
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    • "Allergen-stimulated cells can also be tracked ex vivo by tetramer-binding cells. A study of CD4+ T cells from atopic dermatitis patients with IgE antibody to the cat allergen Fel d 1 used tetramer binding to show a similar result, with most of the T cells being within the central memory compartment [67]. Their frequency was about 0.01% for cells from atopic dermatitis patients and about 0.002% for cells from nonallergic people. "
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