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Title: The role of CD28null T cells in autoimmune diseases
Authors: Brulmans, Marijke
Advisors: HELLINGS, Niels
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: tUL Diepenbeek
Abstract: During aging and chronic infections, T cells lose the costimulatory molecule CD28 and show various similarities with NK cells, such as proinflammatory functions characterized by the production of high levels of IFN-gamma, TNF-alpha, and IL-2. They are cytotoxic and resistant to apoptotic cell death. An increase in CD4+CD28null T cells represents an important amplification mechanism in several autoimmune diseases, leading to more severe disease symptoms. CD8+CD28null T cells are also detrimental for the host, but have been shown to have some beneficial effects as well. We aim to further elucidate the role of both CD8+CD28null and CD4+CD28null T cells in immunopathology, and hypothesize that CD4+CD28null T cells actively contribute to chronic inflammatory diseases such as MS.
Notes: master in de biomedische wetenschappen-milieu en gezondheid
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/12803
Category: T2
Type: Theses and Dissertations
Appears in Collections: Master theses

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