Inflammation-induced interstitial migration of effector CD4+ T cells is dependent on integrin α v

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  • Leukocytes must traverse inflamed tissues to effectively control local infection. Although motility in dense tissues seems to be integrin independent and based on actomyosin-mediated protrusion and contraction, during inflammation, changes to the extracellular matrix (ECM) may necessitate distinct motility requirements. Indeed, we found that the interstitial motility of T cells was critically dependent on Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD)-binding integrins in the inflamed dermis. Inflammation-induced deposition of fibronectin was functionally linked to higher expression of integrin α V on effector CD4+ T cells. By intravital multiphoton imaging, we found that the motility of CD4+ T cells was dependent on α V expression. Selective blockade or knockdown of α V arrested T helper type 1 (T H 1) cells in the inflamed tissue and attenuated local effector function. Our data demonstrate context-dependent specificity of lymphocyte movement in inflamed tissues that is essential for protective immunity. © 2013 Nature America, Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Nature Immunology  Journal
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    Author List

  • Overstreet MG; Gaylo A; Angermann BR; Hughson A; Hyun YM; Lambert K; Acharya M; Billroth-Maclurg AC; Rosenberg AF; Topham DJ
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  • 949
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  • 958
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  • 14
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  • 9