CD70 defines a subset of proinflammatory and CNS-pathogenic TH1/TH17 lymphocytes and is overexpressed in multiple sclerosis.


Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, and Centre de Recherche du CHUM (CRCHUM), Montréal, QC, H2X0A9, Canada. [Email]


CD70 is the unique ligand of CD27 and is expressed on immune cells only upon activation. Therefore, engagement of the costimulatory CD27/CD70 pathway is solely dependent on upregulation of CD70. However, the T cell-intrinsic effect and function of human CD70 remain underexplored. Herein, we describe that CD70 expression distinguishes proinflammatory CD4+ T lymphocytes that display an increased potential to migrate into the central nervous system (CNS). Upregulation of CD70 on CD4+ T lymphocytes is induced by TGF-β1 and TGF-β3, which promote a pathogenic phenotype. In addition, CD70 is associated with a TH1 and TH17 profile of lymphocytes and is important for T-bet and IFN-γ expression by both T helper subtypes. Moreover, adoptive transfer of CD70-/-CD4+ T lymphocytes induced less severe experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) disease than transfer of WT CD4+ T lymphocytes. CD70+CD4+ T lymphocytes are found in the CNS during acute autoimmune inflammation in humans and mice, highlighting CD70 as both an immune marker and an important costimulator of highly pathogenic proinflammatory TH1/TH17 lymphocytes infiltrating the CNS.


CD27/CD70 pathway,CD70+CD4+ T lymphocytes,TCR1640 transgene mouse model,TGF-β1,TGF-β3,blood-brain barrier,endothelial cells,experimental autoimmune encephalitis,multiple sclerosis,soluble CD70,