Distinct Effects of STAT5 Activation on CD4+ and CD8 + T Cell Homeostasis: Development of CD4+CD25+ Regulatory T Cells versus CD8+ Memory T Cells

Matthew A. Burchill, Christine A. Goetz, Martin Prlic, Jennifer J. O'Neil, Ian R. Harmon, Steven J. Bensinger, Laurence A. Turka, Paul Brennan, Stephen C. Jameson, Michael A. Farrar

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Using transgenic mice that express a constitutively active version of STAT5b, we demonstrate that STAT5 plays a key role in governing B cell development and T cell homeostasis. STAT5 activation leads to a 10-fold increase in pro-B, but not pro-T, cells. Conversely, STAT5 signaling promotes the expansion of mature αβ T cells (6-fold increase) and γδ and NK T cells (3- to 4-fold increase), but not of mature B cells. In addition, STAT5 activation has dramatically divergent effects on CD8+ vs CD4+ T cells, leading to the selective expansion of CD8+ memory-like T cells and CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells. These results establish that activation of STAT5 is the primary mechanism underlying both IL-7/IL-15-dependent homeostatic proliferation of naive and memory CD8+ T cells and IL-2-dependent development of CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5853-5864
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003


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