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A skin-selective homing mechanism for human immune surveillance T cells

Schaerli, Patrick, Ebert, Lisa, Willimann, Katharina, Blaser, Andrea, Roos, Regula Stuber, Loetscher, Pius and Moser, Bernhard ORCID: 2004. A skin-selective homing mechanism for human immune surveillance T cells. Journal of Experimental Medicine 199 (9) , pp. 1265-1275. 10.1084/jem.20032177

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Effective immune surveillance is essential for maintaining protection and homeostasis of peripheral tissues. However, mechanisms controlling memory T cell migration to peripheral tissues such as the skin are poorly understood. Here, we show that the majority of human T cells in healthy skin express the chemokine receptor CCR8 and respond to its selective ligand I-309/CCL1. These CCR8+ T cells are absent in small intestine and colon tissue, and are extremely rare in peripheral blood, suggesting healthy skin as their physiological target site. Cutaneous CCR8+ T cells are preactivated and secrete proinflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor–? and interferon-?, but lack markers of cytolytic T cells. Secretion of interleukin (IL)-4, IL-10, and transforming growth factor–? was low to undetectable, arguing against a strict association of CCR8 expression with either T helper cell 2 or regulatory T cell subsets. Potential precursors of skin surveillance T cells in peripheral blood may correspond to the minor subset of CCR8+CD25? T cells. Importantly, CCL1 is constitutively expressed at strategic cutaneous locations, including dermal microvessels and epidermal antigen-presenting cells. For the first time, these findings define a chemokine system for homeostatic T cell traffic in normal human skin.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Systems Immunity Research Institute (SIURI)
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: chemokine; CCR8; peripheral tissue; memory T cells; migration
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Publisher: Rockefeller University Press
ISSN: 1540-9538
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 23:21

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