Enhanced IL-10 production by CD4 + T cells primed in IL-15Rα-deficient mice

Kai Ping N. Chow, Jan Mou Lee, Shuen Kuei Liao, Shih Chieh Lin, Shuo Lun Hsu, Ning Ning Wu, Yen Fu Lin, Tzong Shoon Wu, J. Timothy Qiu

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In this study, we investigated the functional outcomes of CD4 + T cells primed in the absence of IL-15 transpresentation. Compared with their WT counterparts primed in WT mice, IL-15Rα KO CD4 + T cells primed in KO mice were found to exclusively overproduce IL-10 upon in vitro restimulation . The comparable expression of IL-4 and Foxp3 in CD4 + T cells primed in the WT and IL-15Rα KO mice indicated that this was neither due to T H2- nor Treg cell-differentiation. IL-10 overproduction was also observed when OVA-specific TCR transgenic CD4 + T (OT-II) cells were primed in KO mice, excluding an intrinsic deficiency of KO CD4 + T cells. To investigate the WT and KO microenvironment, DCs from both WT and IL-15Rα KO mice were compared. DCs from both backgrounds were indistinguishable in their steady-state survival and in their expression of MHC class II and costimulatory molecules CD80, CD86, and CD40. However, IL-15Rα KO DCs primed OT-II cells in vitro to produce higher levels of IL-10 upon their restimulation. Additionally, IL-15Rα KO DCs produced significantly more IL-10 upon activation, and IL-10 neutralization during DC-mediated in vitro priming abolished IL-10 overproduction by CD4 + T cells. Thus, IL-15Rα KO DCs provide an IL-10-enriched environment that preferentially primes CD4 + T cells for more IL-10 production, highlighting a regulatory role for IL-15 transpresentation in CD4 + T-cell priming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3146-3156
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Immunology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


  • CD4 T-cell differentiation
  • DCs
  • IL-10
  • IL-15 transpresentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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