A role for CD44 in T cell development and function during direct competition between CD44+ and CD44- cells

Victoria Graham, Amanda L. Marzo, David F. Tough*

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Abstract

The role of CD44 in T cell biology remains incompletely understood. Although studies using anti-CD44 antibodies have implicated this cell adhesion molecule in a variety of important T cell processes, few T cell defects have been reported in CD44-deficient mice. We have assessed the requirement for CD44 in T cell development and mature T cell function by analyzing mice in which CD44-/- and WT cells were produced simultaneously. In mixed (CD44-/- + CD44+/+) bone marrow chimeras, production of CD44-/- T cells was shown to be reduced compared to WT cells due to inefficient intrathymic development. In addition, mature CD44-/- CD8+ T cells generated a substantially lower response than WT T cells after infection of mice with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, with the reduction in response apparent in both lymphoid and non-lymphoid tissues. Overall, these results demonstrate a poor capacity of CD44-/- T lineage cells to compete with WT cells at multiple levels, implicating CD44 in normal T cell function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-934
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Immunology
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adhesion
  • Cell migration
  • T cells
  • Thymopoiesis

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