||Savino, W; Silva-Barbosa, S. D.|
||Laminin/VLA-6 interactions and T cell function|
||Braz. j. med. biol. res = Rev. bras. pesqui. méd. biol;29(9):1209-20, Sept. 1996. ilus, graf.
||Apresentado em: Brazilian Symposium on Extracellular Matrix, 4, Angra dos Reis, Sept. 8-11, 1996.
||A growing number of investigators consider extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins to be determinant factors in lymphocyte positioning and activation. One major ECM component is laminin, which is constitutively expressed in the thymus as well as in thymus-dependent areas of peripheral lymphoid organs. In the thymus, laminin is produced by epithelial and dendritic cells, and appears to mediate interactions with thymocytes through specific laminin receptors, in particular the integrin VLA-6. This receptor is also expressed by peripheral T cells, and is apparently involved in effector T cell migration and activation. We showed that CD4+ T lymphocytes from chronic chagasic mice exhibited an increase in the absolute and relative number of cells with high VLA-6 expression. Additionally, it is likely that VLA-6/laminin interactions are required for the development of the CD4+ T cell-dependent anti-myocardial autoreactive process that occurs in these animals. Lastly, laminin can bind to some cytokines, a fact that may represent an additional mechanism by which this extracellular matrix component modulates the behavior of T lymphocytes. Taken together, the present data strongly indicate that interactions involving laminin and VLA-6 are functionally linked to relevant events in T cell physiology, comprising entrance of pro-thymocytes into the thymus, intrathymic T cell migration and differentiation, as well as the functioning of mature T lymphocytes, including effector cells.|
Técnicas In Vitro
Receptores de Laminina/imunologia
||-Doença de Chagas/imunologia|
Laminina/análogos & derivados
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||Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't|
||BR1.1 - BIREME|