CD4+ T Cell Responses Elicited by Different Subsets of Human Skin Migratory Dendritic Cells

Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
The Journal of Immunology (Impact Factor: 4.92). 01/2006; 175(12):7905-15. DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.175.12.7905
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Skin dendritic cells (DC) are professional APC critical for initiation and control of adaptive immunity. In the present work we have analyzed the CD4+ T cell stimulatory function of different subsets of DC that migrate spontaneously from human skin explants, including CD1a+CD14- Langerhans' cells (LC), CD1a-CD14- dermal DC (DDC), and CD1a-CD14+ LC precursors. Skin migratory DC consisted of APC at different stages of maturation-activation that produced IL-10, TGF-beta1, IL-23p19, and IL-12p40, but did not release IL-12p70 even after exposure to DC1-driving stimuli. LC and DDC migrated as mature/activated APC able to stimulate allogeneic naive CD4+ T cells and to induce memory Th1 cells in the absence of IL-12p70. The potent CD4+ T cell stimulatory function of LC and DDC correlated with their high levels of expression of MHC class II, adhesion, and costimulatory molecules. The Th1-biasing function of LC and DDC depended on their ability to produce IL-23. By contrast, CD1a-CD14+ LC precursors migrated as immature-semimature APC and were weak stimulators of allogeneic naive CD4+ T cells. However, and opposite of a potential tolerogenic role of immature DC, the T cell allostimulatory and Th1-biasing function of CD14+ LC precursors increased significantly by augmenting their cell number, prolonging the time of interaction with responding T cells, or addition of recombinant human IL-23 in MLC. The data presented in this study provide insight into the function of the complex network of skin-resident DC that migrate out of the epidermis and dermis after cutaneous immunizations, pathogen infections, or allograft transplantation.

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