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The majority of lamina propria CD4+ T-cells from scid mice with colitis undergo Fas-mediated apoptosis in vivo



The majority of lamina propria CD4+ T-cells from scid mice with colitis undergo Fas-mediated apoptosis in vivo



Immunology Letters 78(1): 7-12



We have previously shown that adoptively transferred CD4(+) T-cells mediate an chronic colitis in severe combined immune deficient (scid) mice. Colitis is accompanied by activation and apoptosis of Fas ligand and TNF-alpha expressing CD4(+) T-cells in the diseased colonic lamina propria (Eur. J. Immunol. 28:3655 (1998)). Here we investigate the apoptosis-inducing mechanism in these lamina propria infiltrating CD4(+) T-cells. We observe that freshly isolated lamina propria CD4(+) T-cells can kill Fas transfected P815 mastocytoma cells in a TCR/CD3 redirected chromium-release assay, but do not express TNF-alpha mediated cytotoxicity. Pre-incubation of the isolated lamina propria CD4(+) T-cells with an anti-FasL antiserum partially blocked killing of the Fas transfected target cells, indicating a role for the Fas-FasL system in the killing process. Treatment of scid mice with colitis with anti-FasL antiserum for 12 h blocked the apoptotic process in lamina propria CD4(+) T-cells by more than 65% compared to mice treated with control antiserum. Together, these results point towards the Fas-FasL and not the TNF-alpha-TNF-alpha receptor system as the primary apoptosis-inducing mechanism of lamina propria CD4(+) T-cells in this model of murine chronic colitis, and suggest an important role for the Fas-FasL system in the maintenance of homeostasis of locally proliferating T-cells.

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DOI: 10.1016/s0165-2478(01)00240-1


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