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FTY720 therapy exerts differential effects on T cell subsets in multiple sclerosis

Mehling, M. and Brinkmann, V. and Antel, J. and Bar-Or, A. and Goebels, N. and Vedrine, C. and Kristofic, C. and Kuhle, J. and Lindberg, R. L. and Kappos, L.. (2008) FTY720 therapy exerts differential effects on T cell subsets in multiple sclerosis. Neurology, Vol. 71, H. 16. pp. 1261-1267.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The oral immunomodulator FTY720 has shown efficacy in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS). FTY720 functionally antagonizes sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor-1 (S1P1) on T cells and consequently inhibits S1P/S1P1-dependent lymphocyte egress from secondary lymphoid organs. Little is known about the phenotype and function of T cells remaining in peripheral blood during long-term FTY720 treatment. METHODS: T cells from FTY720-treated, interferon-beta (IFNbeta)-treated and untreated patients with MS, and healthy donors (HD) were analyzed with respect to T cell subpopulation composition, proliferation, and cytokine production. RESULTS: In FTY720-treated patients (n = 16), peripheral blood CD4+ and CD8+ T cell counts were reduced by approximately 80% and 60% when compared to the other groups (IFN beta: n = 7; untreated: n = 5; HD: n = 10). This related to selective reduction of naive (CCR7+CD45RA+) and central memory (CCR7+CD45RA-) T cells (TCM), and resulted in a relative increase of peripheral effector memory (CCR7-CD45RA- [TEM] and CCR7-CD45RA+ [TEMRA]) T cells. The remaining blood T cell populations displayed a reduced potential to secrete IL-2 and to proliferate in vitro, but rapidly produced interferon-gamma upon reactivation, confirming a functional TEM/TEMRA phenotype. Neither FTY720 nor FTY720-P directly suppressed proliferation or cytokine production by T cells. CONCLUSION: Therapeutic dosing of FTY720 reduces naïve T cells and TCM, but not TEM, in blood, without affecting T cell function. This is presumably because naive T cells and TCM express the homing receptor CCR7, allowing recirculation to secondary lymphoid tissues on a regular basis and, thus, trapping of the cells by FTY720 in lymph nodes.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedizin > Department of Biomedicine, University Hospital Basel > Clinical Neuroimmunology (Derfuss/Lindberg)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Neurologie > Neuroimmunologie (Kappos)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Neurologie > Neuroimmunologie (Kappos)
UniBasel Contributors:Kappos, Ludwig and Lindberg Gasser, Raija L.P.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Lancet Publications
ISSN:0028-3878
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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