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Identification of a super-functional Tfh-like subpopulation in murine lupus by pattern perception

  1. Stefanie Gryzik  Is a corresponding author
  2. Yen Hoang  Is a corresponding author
  3. Timo Lischke
  4. Elodie Mohr  Is a corresponding author
  5. Melanie Venzke
  6. Isabelle Kadner
  7. Josephine Poetzsch
  8. Detlef Groth
  9. Andreas Radbruch
  10. Andreas Hutloff
  11. Ria Baumgrass  Is a corresponding author
  1. German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ), Germany
  2. University of Potsdam, Germany
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Cite this article as: eLife 2020;9:e53226 doi: 10.7554/eLife.53226

Abstract

Dysregulated cytokine expression by T cells plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. However, the identification of the corresponding pathogenic subpopulations is a challenge, since a distinction between physiological variation and a new quality in the expression of protein markers requires combinatorial evaluation. Here, we were able to identify a super-functional follicular helper T cell (Tfh)-like subpopulation in lupus-prone NZBxW mice with our binning approach "pattern recognition of immune cells (PRI)". PRI uncovered a subpopulation of IL-21+ IFN-ghigh PD-1low CD40Lhigh CXCR5- Bcl-6- T cells specifically expanded in diseased mice. In addition, these cells express high levels of TNF-a and IL-2, and provide B cell help for IgG production in an IL-21 and CD40L dependent manner. This super-functional T cell subset might be a superior driver of autoimmune processes due to a polyfunctional and high cytokine expression combined with Tfh-like properties.

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  1. Stefanie Gryzik

    Signaltransduction, German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ), Berlin, Germany
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    s_gryzik@web.de
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  2. Yen Hoang

    Signaltransduction, German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ), Berlin, Germany
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    yen.hoang@drfz.de
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  3. Timo Lischke

    Signaltransduction, German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ), Berlin, Germany
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0003-0413-4252
  4. Elodie Mohr

    Signaltransduction, German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ), Berlin, Germany
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    elodie.mohr@drfz.de
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  5. Melanie Venzke

    Signaltransduction, German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ), Berlin, Germany
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  6. Isabelle Kadner

    Signaltransduction, German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ), Berlin, Germany
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  7. Josephine Poetzsch

    Life Sciences, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
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  8. Detlef Groth

    Bioinformatics, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
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  9. Andreas Radbruch

    Cell Biology, German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ), Berlin, Germany
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  10. Andreas Hutloff

    Chronic Immune Reactions, German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ), Berlin, Germany
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  11. Ria Baumgrass

    Signaltransduction, German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ), Berlin, Germany
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    baumgrass@drfz.de
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-3289-1608

Funding

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (0316164A)

  • Ria Baumgrass

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

Ethics

Animal experimentation: Animal experiments were approved by the local ethics committee LaGeSo (Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales) Berlin under animal experiment licenses T0187-01 and G0070/13.

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  1. Bernard Malissen, Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy, Aix Marseille Université, France

Publication history

  1. Received: October 31, 2019
  2. Accepted: May 20, 2020
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: May 22, 2020 (version 1)

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© 2020, Gryzik et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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