Department of Pathology
Immunology and Infectious Disease | Medical Immunology
The differentiation of naive CD8 T cells into effector cytotoxic T lymphocytes upon antigen stimulation is necessary for successful antiviral, and antitumor immune responses. Here, using a mouse model, we describe a dual role for the let-7 microRNAs in the regulation of CD8 T cell responses, where maintenance of the naive phenotype in CD8 T cells requires high levels of let-7 expression, while generation of cytotoxic T lymphocytes depends upon T cell receptor-mediated let-7 downregulation. Decrease of let-7 expression in activated T cells enhances clonal expansion and the acquisition of effector function through derepression of the let-7 targets, including Myc and Eomesodermin. Ultimately, we have identified a novel let-7-mediated mechanism, which acts as a molecular brake controlling the magnitude of CD8 T cell responses.
CTL, Eomes, Myc, TCR, immunology, metabolism, mouse, naive CD8 T cells
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Elife. 2017 Jul 24;6. doi: 10.7554/eLife.26398. Link to article on publisher's site
Wells AC, Daniels KA, Angelou CC, Fagerberg E, Burnside AS, Markstein M, Alfandari D, Welsh RM, Pobezinskaya EL, Pobezinsky LA. (2017). Modulation of let-7 miRNAs controls the differentiation of effector CD8 T cells. Open Access Publications by UMMS Authors. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.26398. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/oapubs/3200
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