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    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; CANCER ; CELLS ; ENDOTHELIAL-CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; VIVO ; liver ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; DIFFERENTIATION ; ACTIVATION ; CUTTING EDGE ; INFECTION ; INDUCTION ; DENDRITIC CELLS ; T-CELLS ; TOLERANCE ; bone marrow ; BONE-MARROW ; STIMULATION ; MOUSE ; DELIVERY ; CLONAL EXPANSION ; VIRAL-INFECTION ; CROSS-PRESENTATION ; endothelial cells ; EFFECTOR FUNCTION ; RIG-I ; T cell immunity ; HEPATITIS-B VIRUS ; MURINE CYTOMEGALOVIRUS-INFECTION ; TOLEROGENIC DENDRITIC CELLS
    Abstract: BACKGROUND & AIMS: Dendritic cell activation through ligation of pattern recognition receptors leading to full functional maturation causes induction of CD8(+) T-cell immunity through increased delivery of costimulatory signals instead of tolerance. Here we investigate whether organ-resident antigen-presenting cells, such as liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs), also switch from tolerogenic to immunogenic CD8(+) T-cell activation upon such stimulation. METHODS: Murine LSECs were isolated by immunomagnetic separation and analyzed for functional maturation upon triggering pattern recognition receptors or viral infection employing gene expression analysis and T cell coculture assays. In vivo relevance of the findings was confirmed with bone-marrow chimeric animals. RESULTS: LSECs expressed numerous pattern recognition receptors that allowed for sentinel function, but ligand-induced activation of these receptors was not sufficient to overcome tolerance induction of CD8(+) T cells. Importantly, viral infection with murine cytomegalovirus caused functional maturation of antigen-presenting LSECs and was sufficient to promote antigen-specific differentiation into effector CD8(+) T cells in the absence of dendritic cells and independent of CD80/86. CONCLUSIONS: These results shed new light on the generation of organ-specific immunity and may contribute to overcoming tolerance in relevant situations, such as cancer
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19737567
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