Use of IL35 to convert T-cells to Regulatory T-cells (SJ-09-0024)



Technology Name
(St. Jude Reference #)
Use of IL35 to convert T-cells to Regulatory T-cells
(SJ-09-0024)
Description

We have discovered that IL-35 can be used to induce the conversion of conventional CD4+ T-cells into induced regulatory T-cells that have potent suppressive capacity in vitro and in vivo.  These cells have been designated iTr35 cells by the inventors.  This approach can be used to generate regulatory T-cells to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, such as (but not limited to) type 1 diabetes, MS, arthritis, asthma and allergic diseases, IBD, etc.    

Keywords regulatory T-cells, autoimmune; IL-35, iTr35 cells
Granted Patents or Published Applications UInternational application pending; should publish in September of 2010.
Related Scientific References

Directly related manuscript pending; For background see:

Collison et al., “Regulatory T Cell Suppression Is Potentiated by Target T-Cells in a Cell Contact, IL-35- and IL-10-Dependent Manner”, J. Immun. 182(10): 6121-6128 (May 2009);

Collison L.W. et al.,“The inhibitory cytokine IL-35 contributes to regulatory T cell function”; Nature 450: 566-569 (2007)

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Last update: September 2010