Antigen-specific expansion of TCR Vβ3+CD4+ T cells in the early stage of collagen-induced arthritis and its arthritogenic role in DBA/1J mice

Jae Seon Lee, Mi La Cho, Joo Yeon Jhun, So Youn Min, Ji Hyeon Ju, Chong Hyeon Yoon, Jun Ki Min, Sung Hwan Park, Ho Youn Kim, Young Gyu Cho

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To investigate type II collagen (CII)-specific CD4+ T cell receptors involving in Collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) in DBA/1J mice as a model of rheumatoid arthritis in humans, TCRVβ usage in draining lymph nodes (dLNs) was assessed by flow cytometric analysis at 3, 5, and 8 weeks after bovine CII immunizations. In the early stage of CIA, the draining lymph node CD4+ T cells from CIA mice showed a higher proportion of CD4 + Vβ3+subsets compared with those from control mice. The CD4+ Vβ3+ T cells were specifically and primarily expanded by antigen-specific stimulation in in vitro culture of dLNs lymphocytes and splenocytes from CIA mice. In addition, CII-reactive response was observed when CD4+ Vβ3+ T cells were added to a non-responding T cell population. The adoptive transfer of CD4+ Vβ3+ T cells produced exaggerated arthritis compared with that in the control group. Our results indicate that CD4+Vβ3 + T cells, which were selectively expanded in dLN of CIA mice, play a pivotal role in CIA pathogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-212
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Immunology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2006


  • CD4 T cell
  • Collagen-induced arthritis
  • T cell receptor Vβ3
  • Type II collagen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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