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      Soluble common gamma chain exacerbates COPD progress through the regulation of inflammatory T cell response in mice

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          Cigarette smoking (CS) is a major cause of considerable morbidity and mortality by inducing lung cancer and COPD. COPD, a smoking-related disorder, is closely related to the alteration of immune system and inflammatory processes that are specifically mediated by T cells. Soluble common gamma chain (sγc) has recently been identified as a critical regulator of the development and differentiation of T cells. We examined the effects of sγc in a cigarette smoke extract (CSE) mouse model. The sγc level in CSE mice serum is significantly downregulated, and the cellularity of lymph node (LN) is systemically reduced in the CSE group. Overexpression of sγc enhances the cellularity and IFNγ production of CD8 T cells in LN and also enhances Th1 and Th17 differentiation of CD4 T cells in the respiratory tract. Mechanistically, the downregulation of sγc expression mediated by CSE is required to prevent excessive inflammatory T cell responses. Therefore, our data suggest that sγc may be one of the target molecules for the control of immunopathogenic progresses in COPD.

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                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                International Journal of COPD
                International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
                Dove Medical Press
                08 March 2017
                : 12
                : 817-827
                [1 ]Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Pusan National University School of Medicine
                [2 ]Division of Applied Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, Yangsan
                [3 ]Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Medical Research Institute, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, South Korea
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                Correspondence: Myungsoo Joo, Division of Applied Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, Rm 411, 49 Busandaehak-ro, Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do, 50612, South Korea, Tel +82 10 5590 6211, Fax +82 51 510 8420, Email mjoo@
                Changwan Hong, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Pusan National University School of Medicine, 49 Busandaehak-ro, Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do, 50612, South Korea, Tel +82 51 510 8041, Fax +82 51 510 8049, Email chong@
                © 2017 Lee et al. This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited

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                Respiratory medicine

                copd, t cell, soluble common gamma chain, cytokine


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