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Articles by H Kawamoto
Total Records ( 2 ) for H Kawamoto
  M Imada , K Masuda , R Satoh , Y Ito , Y Goto , T Matsuoka , S Endo , A Nakamura , H Kawamoto and T. Takai
 

Activated mature T cells induce various inhibitory receptors implicated in maintaining peripheral tolerance in response to the trans-acting ligands. Interestingly, paired Ig-like receptor (PIR)-B, an inhibitory MHC class I receptor on B cells and myeloid cells, could be involved in regulating early T cell development because epitope for PIR is detected on pre-thymic T/NK progenitors but not on thymocytes or mature T cells. We hypothesized that PIR-B is not only a regulator for T cell development but is also detrimental if expressed on mature T cells. Here we demonstrated, using PIR-B-deficient fetuses, that PIR-B is indeed expressed on the T cell progenitors but failed to identify its distinctive roles in the development. Forced expression of PIR-B in thymocytes and mature T cells also resulted in no abnormalities in development. However, upon antigenic or allogeneic stimulation, peripheral T cells with the ectopic PIR-B showed reduced Th type 1 responses due to the suppression of proximal TCR signaling by constitutive binding of PIR-B to MHC class I on the same cell surface. Our findings suggest that T cell expression of PIR-B with the cis-interacting MHC class I is strictly prohibited in periphery so as to secure prompt immune responses.

  Y Nishikawa , F Hirota , M Yano , H Kitajima , J. i Miyazaki , H Kawamoto , Y Mouri and M. Matsumoto
 

The roles of autoimmune regulator (Aire)–expressing medullary thymic epithelial cells (mTECs) in the organization of the thymic microenvironment for establishing self-tolerance are enigmatic. We sought to monitor the production and maintenance of Aire-expressing mTECs by a fate-mapping strategy in which bacterial artificial chromosome transgenic (Tg) mice expressing Cre recombinase under the control of the Aire regulatory element were crossed with a GFP reporter strain. We found that, in addition to its well recognized expression within mature mTECs, Aire was expressed in the early embryo before emergence of the three germ cell layers. This observation may help to explain the development of ectodermal dystrophy often seen in patients with AIRE deficiency. With the use of one Tg line in which Cre recombinase expression was confined to mTECs, we found that Aire+CD80high mTECs further progressed to an AireCD80intermediate stage, suggesting that Aire expression is not constitutive from after its induction until cell death but instead is down-regulated at the beginning of terminal differentiation. We also demonstrated that many mTECs of Aire-expressing lineage are in close contact with thymic dendritic cells. This close proximity may contribute to transfer of tissue-restricted self-antigens expressed by mTECs to professional antigen-presenting cells.

 
 
 
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