Cutting Edge: Ifn- Enables Apc to Promote Memory Th17 and Abate Th1 Cell Development

Kryczek, I.; Wei, S.; Gong, W.; Shu, X.; Szeliga, W.; Vatan, L.; Chen, L.; Wang, G.; Zou, W.

The Journal of Immunology 181(9): 5842-5846


DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.181.9.5842
Accession: 068491198

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Th1-derived IFN-gamma targets naive T cells and inhibits Th17 development. However, Th1, Th17, and memory but not naive T cells are colocalized in an inflammatory environment. To demonstrate the kinetic relationship between these T cell subsets, we investigated the role of IFN-gamma in regulating the development and balance between Th17 and Th1 in humans. We show that IFN-gamma stimulates B7-H1 expression on APC subsets and abates their Th1 polarization capacity in a B7-H1-dependent manner. Interestingly, IFN-gamma triggers APCs to produce IL-1 and IL-23 and enables them to induce memory Th17 expansion via IL-1 and IL-23 in a B7-H1-independent manner. We propose a novel dynamic between Th1 and Th17 in the course of inflammation as follows: Th1-mediated inflammation is attenuated by IFN-gamma-induced B7-H1 on APCs and is evolved toward Th17-mediated chronic inflammation by IFN-gamma-induced, APC-derived IL-1 and IL-23. Our study challenges the dogma that IFN-gamma suppresses Th17 and enhances Th1 development.