Superantigens induce IL-17 production from polarized Th1 clones

Kentaro Yomogida, Yuan K. Chou, Cong Qiu Chu

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Differentiation of naïve CD4+ T cells has been considered to be an irreversible event and, in particular, the plasticity is believed to be completely lost in Th1 subset in vitro after multiple stimulations. However, here we demonstrate that highly polarized myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)- and herpes simples virus-specific Th1 clones were still capable of producing IL-17 upon superantigen stimulation. Anti-MHC class-II and anti-TCR αβ chains partially blocked superantigen-induced IL-17 production. These findings suggest that fully differentiated Th1 cells still have capability to produce cytokines of other Th subsets and production of IL-17 by MOG-specific Th1 cells may have implication in initiation and/or exacerbation of neurological autoimmune diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-9
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • MOG
  • Superantigen
  • Th1
  • Th17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry
  • Hematology
  • Molecular Biology


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