RESEARCH ARTICLE


Role of γδ T Cells in Lung Inflammation



Willi K. Born*, 1, Christina L. Roark1, Niyun Jin1, JM Wands1, M. Kemal Aydintug1, Yafei Huang1, Jennifer L. Chain1, Youn-Soo Hahn2, Philip L. Simonian3, Andrew P. Fontenot3, Rebecca L. O'Brien1
1 Integrated Department of Immunology, National Jewish Health, 1400 Jackson Street, Denver, CO, 80206 and University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO 80045, USA
2 Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine and Medical Research Institute, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju 361-711 and 240, Korea
3 Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO 80045, USA


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Abstract

The resident population of γδ T cells in the normal lung is small but during lung inflammation, γδ T cells can increase dramatically. Histological analysis reveals diverse interactions between γδ T cells and other pulmonary leukocytes. Studies in animal models show that γδ T cells play a role in allergic lung inflammation where they can protect normal lung function, that they also are capable of resolving infection-induced pulmonary inflammation, and that they can help preventing pulmonary fibrosis. Lung inflammation threatens vital lung functions. Protection of the lung tissues and their functions during inflammation is the net-effect of opposing influences of specialized subsets of γδ T cells as well as interactions of these cells with other pulmonary leukocytes.

Keywords: T Cells, Lung, Inflammation.