Requirement of CTLA-4 counter receptors for IL-4 but not IL-10 elevations during a primary systemic in vivo immune response

P. Lu, X. Di Zhou, S. J. Chen, M. Moorman, A. Schoneveld, S. Morris, F. D. Finkelman, P. Linsley, E. Claassen, W. C. Gause

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The CD28/CTLA-4 costimulatory signal is required for TCR-mediated T cell activation resulting in increased IL-2 production in vitro, but its role in IL-4 production is unclear and few studies have examined the function of CTLA-4/CD28 in the in vivo immune response. We have examined the in vivo effects of blocking the interaction of B7 with its ligands, CTLA-4 and CD28, in an IL-4 dominant in vivo immune response to goat anti-mouse IgD. This response is characterized by elevations in serum Igs preceded by elevations in IL-2 and the Th2 cytokines: IL-4, IL-9, and IL-10. The fusion protein CTLA4-Ig administered during the in vivo immune response to goat anti-mouse IgD caused an inhibition in elevations of IL-2, IL-4, and IL-9 gene expression at both day 3 and day 6 after immunization. In contrast, IL-10 cytokine gene expression as late as day 6 after immunization was not decreased. Cell sorting analysis demonstrated that TCR-αβ+, CD4+ T cells were the primary source of the elevated IL-10, suggesting that T cell activation leading to IL-10 gene expression may not require CTLA-4 ligand interactions. Similarly CTLA4-Ig completely blocked elevations in the number of IL-4- but not IL-10-secreting cells, as measured by ELlSPOT, in both unsorted splenic cells and sorted CD4+, TCR-αβ+ T cells. In situ staining of spleen sections also showed inhibition of IL-4-producing cells. These results suggest that, with the notable exception of IL-10, interaction of B7 with its ligands is required for elevated Th2 cytokine gene expression and secretion during a primary systemic IL-4-dominant response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1078-1087
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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