Delayed lymphoid repopulation with defects in IL-4-driven responses produced by inactivation of NF-ATc
Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
Medical Subject Headings
Alleles; Animals; B-Lymphocytes; DNA-Binding Proteins; Immunoglobulin E; Immunoglobulin G; Immunoglobulin M; Interleukin-4; Liver; Lymphocyte Activation; Lymphoid Tissue; Mice; Mice, Inbred BALB C; NFATC Transcription Factors; *Nuclear Proteins; Phenotype; Recombinant Fusion Proteins; T-Lymphocytes; Transcription Factors
Immunology and Infectious Disease
The NF-AT family of transcription factors activates early immune response genes such as cytokines. In the adult, NF-ATc is expressed exclusively in the lymphoid system and is induced upon lymphocyte activation. NF-ATc null mutant mice die in utero of cardiac failure, precluding analysis of the role of NF-ATc in lymphocyte activation. By using RAG-2-deficient blastocyst complementation, we now demonstrate that young, highly chimeric mice lacking NF-ATc have impaired repopulation of both thymus and peripheral lymphoid organs. Furthermore, NF-ATc deficiency impaired T lymphocyte activation and secretion of IL-4. B lymphocytes displayed reduced proliferation and a selective loss of IL-4-driven immunoglobulin isotypes both in vivo and in vitro. Our data demonstrate that NF-ATc is essential for the optimal generation and function of mature T and B lineage cells, with an especially profound effect on IL-4-driven responses.
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Citation: Immunity. 1998 Jan;8(1):125-34.
Ranger, Ann M.; Hodge, Martin R.; Gravallese, Ellen M.; Oukka, Mohammed; Davidson, Laurie; Alt, Frederick W.; de la Brousse, Fabienne C.; Hoey, Timothy; Grusby, Michael; and Glimcher, Laurie H., "Delayed lymphoid repopulation with defects in IL-4-driven responses produced by inactivation of NF-ATc" (1998). Rheumatology Publications and Presentations. 23.