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Título: Hepatocytes and IL-15: A Favorable Microenvironment for T Cell Survival and CD8+ T Cell Differentiation
Autores: Correia, Margareta P.
Cardoso, Elsa M.
Pereira, Carlos F.
Neves, Rui
Uhrberg, Markus
Arosa, Fernando A.
Data: 15-May-2009
Citação: J Immunol. 2009 May 15;182(10):6149-59
Resumo: Human intrahepatic lymphocytes are enriched in CD1d-unrestricted T cells coexpressing NKR. Although the origin of this population remains controversial, it is possible to speculate that the hepatic microenvironment, namely epithelial cells or the cytokine milieu, may play a role in its shaping. IL-15 is constitutively expressed in the liver and has a key role in activation and survival of innate and tissue-associated immune cells. In this in vitro study, we examined whether hepatocyte cell lines and/or IL-15 could play a role in the generation of NK-like T cells. The results show that both HepG2 cells and a human immortalized hepatocyte cell line increase survival and drive basal proliferation of T cells. In addition, IL-15 was capable of inducing Ag-independent up-regulation of NKR, including NKG2A, Ig-like receptors, and de novo expression of CD56 and NKp46 in CD8(+)CD56(-) T cells. In conclusion, our study suggests that hepatocytes and IL-15 create a favorable microenvironment for T cells to growth and survive. It can be proposed that the increased percentage of intrahepatic nonclassical NKT cells could be in part due to a local CD8(+) T cell differentiation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10314/3503
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