Author(s): Yang ZZ, Novak AJ, Ziesmer SC, Witzig TE, Ansell SM
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Abstract Foxp3 expression was initially thought to be restricted to the CD4(+)CD25(+) regulatory T-cell population. However, recent studies suggest that forkhead box P3 (Foxp3) is expressed in CD4(+)CD25(-) T cells in aged mice. In the present study in B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), we found that a subset of intratumoral but not peripheral blood CD4(+)CD25(-) T cells, comprising about 15\% of intratumoral CD4(+) T cells, express Foxp3 and are capable of suppressing the proliferation of autologous infiltrating CD8(+) T cells. In vitro activation with OKT3/anti-CD28 antibody (Ab) or dendritic cells (DCs) induced Foxp3 expression in a subset of these CD4(+)CD25(-)Foxp3(-) T cells. We found that the presence of lymphoma B cells during activation augmented activation-induced Foxp3 expression in CD4(+)CD25(-) T cells. We also found that CD70(+) lymphoma B cells significantly contributed to the activation-induced Foxp3 expression in intratumoral CD4(+)CD25(-) T cells. Furthermore, the blockade of CD27-CD70 interaction by anti-CD70 Ab abrogated lymphoma B-cell-mediated induction of Foxp3 expression in intratumoral CD4(+)CD25(-) T cells. Taken together, these studies reveal a novel role for NHL B cells in the development of intratumoral regulatory T cells.
This article was published in Blood
and referenced in Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy