Author(s): van Eden W, HauetBroere F, Berlo S, Paul L, van der Zee R,
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Abstract Immunization with microbial or mammalian stress proteins or heat-shock proteins in models of experimental autoimmunity has been observed to lead to increased disease resistance. Furthermore, such immunization has been proposed to result in the induction and expansion of T cells that suppress disease upon transfer. Comparisons of microbial heat-shock proteins with other conserved immunogenic proteins of bacterial origin have indicated a unique capacity for heat-shock proteins to induce a regulatory phenotype in T cells, such as reflected by the production of IL10. Also, studies in children with chronic arthritis have indicated that T-cell responses to heat-shock proteins are associated with a benign course of the disease and with remission. Furthermore, in patients, heat-shock-protein-(HSP-) activated T cells were shown to display regulatory phenotypes consistent with CD4+ CD25+ T regulatory cells.
This article was published in Int Rev Immunol
and referenced in Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology