Autoimmune diabetic patients undergoing allogeneic islet transplantation: are we ready for a regulatory T-cell therapy?

Nicola Gagliani, Alessandra Ferraro, Maria Grazia Roncarolo, Manuela Battaglia

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Abstract

Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are thought to be pivotal in controlling both autoimmune and allogeneic undesired immune responses. Recently, an extensive effort has been devoted to design clinical trials with Tregs in T cell-mediated diseases (such as autoimmune diseases or transplantation). Theoretically, this approach can be used also in patients with autoimmunity (e.g., type 1 diabetes) undergoing allogeneic transplantation (e.g., pancreatic islet transplant). However, in this latter case Tregs must control two distinct effector immune responses: a pre-existing response towards self-antigens and a de novo response induced by the newly transplanted allogeneic cells. In this review we summarize results supporting the use of Tregs in controlling either autoimmunity or allo-transplantation. We also provide our view on how Treg therapy can achieve the final goal of immunological tolerance in the extremely challenging clinical setting of type 1 diabetic subjects transplanted with allogeneic islets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalImmunology Letters
Volume127
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2 2009

Keywords

  • Islet transplantation
  • Regulatory T cells
  • Type 1 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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