Cyclic adenosine 5′-monophosphate and calcium induce CD152 (CTLA-4) up-regulation in resting CD4+ T lymphocytes

Silvia Vendetti, Antonella Riccomi, Alessandra Sacchi, Lucia Gatta, Claudio Pioli, Maria Teresa De Magistris

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The CTLA-4 (CD152) molecule is up-regulated upon T cell activation and proliferation, and plays a critical role in the inhibition of immune responses. We show in this study that cAMP induces up-regulation of CD152 in human CD4+ T lymphocytes. This effect occurs in the absence of the up-regulation of CD69 and CD25 activation markers and T cell proliferation. In addition, we found that the Ca2+ ionophore ionomycin also up-regulates CD152, and that the combination of a cAMP analog or cAMP inducers with ionomycin further enhances the expression of CD152 in resting CD4+ T lymphocytes. However, cyclosporin A, which inhibits Ca2+/calcineurin signaling pathway, fully prevented the ionomycin- but not the cAMP-induced up-regulation of CD152. The effects of cAMP and ionomycin involve increase of both CD152 mRNA transcripts, coding for the membrane and the soluble forms of CD152. Furthermore, we show that CD152 molecules are translocated to the membrane and are functional, as their engagement by specific mAbs prevented NF-κB activation by anti-CD3/CD28 stimulation. These findings demonstrate that at least two novel signal pathways regulate CTLA-4 gene expression and CD152 molecule up-regulation in human CD4+ T lymphocytes, in the absence of full T cell activation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6231-6235
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume169
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2002

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Cyclic AMP
Ionomycin
Up-Regulation
Calcium
T-Lymphocytes
Cell Proliferation
Membranes
Calcineurin
Ionophores
Cyclosporine
Signal Transduction
Gene Expression
Messenger RNA

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Cyclic adenosine 5′-monophosphate and calcium induce CD152 (CTLA-4) up-regulation in resting CD4+ T lymphocytes. / Vendetti, Silvia; Riccomi, Antonella; Sacchi, Alessandra; Gatta, Lucia; Pioli, Claudio; De Magistris, Maria Teresa.

In: Journal of Immunology, Vol. 169, No. 11, 01.12.2002, p. 6231-6235.

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Vendetti, Silvia ; Riccomi, Antonella ; Sacchi, Alessandra ; Gatta, Lucia ; Pioli, Claudio ; De Magistris, Maria Teresa. / Cyclic adenosine 5′-monophosphate and calcium induce CD152 (CTLA-4) up-regulation in resting CD4+ T lymphocytes. In: Journal of Immunology. 2002 ; Vol. 169, No. 11. pp. 6231-6235.
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