Suppression of Th2 and Tfh immune reactions by Nr4a receptors in mature T reg cells

Takashi Sekiya, Taisuke Kondo, Takashi Shichita, Rimpei Morita, Hiroshi Ichinose, Akihiko Yoshimura

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Abstract

Regulatory T (T reg) cells are central mediators of immune suppression. As such, T reg cells are characterized by a distinct pattern of gene expression, which includes up-regulation of immunosuppressive genes and silencing of inflammatory cytokine genes. Although an increasing number of transcription factors that regulate T reg cells have been identified, the mechanisms by which the T reg cell-specific transcriptional program is maintained and executed remain largely unknown. The Nr4a family of nuclear orphan receptors, which we recently identified as essential for the development of T reg cells, is highly expressed in mature T reg cells as well, suggesting that Nr4a factors play important roles even beyond T reg cell development. Here, we showed that deletion of Nr4a genes specifically in T reg cells caused fatal systemic immunopathology. Nr4a-deficient T reg cells exhibited global alteration of the expression of genes which specify the T reg cell lineage, including reduction of Foxp3 and Ikzf4. Furthermore, Nr4a deficiency abrogated T reg cell suppressive activities and accelerated conversion to cells with Th2 and follicular helper T (Tfh) effectorlike characteristics, with heightened expression of Th2 and Tfh cytokine genes. These findings demonstrate that Nr4a factors play crucial roles in mature T reg cells by directly controlling a genetic program indispensable for T reg cell maintenance and function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1623-1640
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Experimental Medicine
Volume212
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Orphan Nuclear Receptors
Cytokines
Gene Expression
Th2 Cells
Gene Deletion
Gene Silencing
Cell Lineage
Immunosuppressive Agents
Genes
Transcription Factors
Up-Regulation
Maintenance

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  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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Suppression of Th2 and Tfh immune reactions by Nr4a receptors in mature T reg cells. / Sekiya, Takashi; Kondo, Taisuke; Shichita, Takashi; Morita, Rimpei; Ichinose, Hiroshi; Yoshimura, Akihiko.

In: Journal of Experimental Medicine, Vol. 212, No. 10, 2015, p. 1623-1640.

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Sekiya, Takashi ; Kondo, Taisuke ; Shichita, Takashi ; Morita, Rimpei ; Ichinose, Hiroshi ; Yoshimura, Akihiko. / Suppression of Th2 and Tfh immune reactions by Nr4a receptors in mature T reg cells. In: Journal of Experimental Medicine. 2015 ; Vol. 212, No. 10. pp. 1623-1640.
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