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Preferential Activation of an IL-2 Regulatory Sequence Transgene in TCRγδ and NKT Cells: Subset-Specific Differences in IL-2 Regulation

Yui, Mary A. and Sharp, Leslie L. and Havran, Wendy L. and Rothenberg, Ellen V. (2004) Preferential Activation of an IL-2 Regulatory Sequence Transgene in TCRγδ and NKT Cells: Subset-Specific Differences in IL-2 Regulation. Journal of Immunology, 172 (8). pp. 4691-4699. ISSN 0022-1767. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20170215-085418955

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Abstract

A transgene with 8.4-kb of regulatory sequence from the murine IL-2 gene drives consistent expression of a green fluorescent protein (GFP) reporter gene in all cell types that normally express IL-2. However, quantitative analysis of this expression shows that different T cell subsets within the same mouse show divergent abilities to express the transgene as compared with endogenous IL-2 genes. TCRγδ cells, as well as αβTCR-NKT cells, exhibit higher in vivo transgene expression levels than TCRαβ cells. This deviates from patterns of normal IL-2 expression and from expression of an IL-2-GFP knock-in. Peripheral TCRγδ cells accumulate GFP RNA faster than endogenous IL-2 RNA upon stimulation, whereas TCRαβ cells express more IL-2 than GFP RNA. In TCRγδ cells, IL-2-producing cells are a subset of the GFP-expressing cells, whereas in TCRαβ cells, endogenous IL-2 is more likely to be expressed without GFP. These results are seen in multiple independent transgenic lines and thus reflect functional properties of the transgene sequences, rather than copy number or integration site effects. The high ratio of GFP: endogenous IL-2 gene expression in transgenic TCRγδ cells may be explained by subset-specific IL-2 gene regulatory elements mapping outside of the 8.4-kb transgene regulatory sequence, as well as accelerated kinetics of endogenous IL-2 RNA degradation in TCRγδ cells. The high levels and percentages of transgene expression in thymic and splenic TCRγδ and NKT cells, as well as skin TCRγδ-dendritic epidermal T cells, indicate that the IL-2-GFP-transgenic mice may provide valuable tracers for detecting developmental and activation events in these lineages.


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Yui, Mary A.0000-0002-3136-2181
Rothenberg, Ellen V.0000-0002-3901-347X
Additional Information:© 2004 The American Association of Immunologists, Inc. Received July 23, 2003. Accepted January 29, 2004. We thank Dr. Hua Gu for generously providing us with the IL-2-GFP^(ki)-Rag2^(−/−) animals. Also, we thank Shelley Diamond and Patrick Koen of the Caltech Flow Cytometry and Sorting Facility for cell sorting expertise and Bruce Kennedy and other members of the Caltech Transgenic Animal Facility for maintenance of the animals used in this study. This work was supported by National Institutes of Health Grants AG13108 (to E.V.R.) and AI036964 (to W.L.H.).
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NIHAG13108
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Official Citation:Preferential Activation of an IL-2 Regulatory Sequence Transgene in TCRγδ and NKT Cells: Subset-Specific Differences in IL-2 Regulation Mary A. Yui, Leslie L. Sharp, Wendy L. Havran, Ellen V. Rothenberg The Journal of Immunology April 15, 2004, 172 (8) 4691-4699; DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.172.8.4691
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