JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY, cilt.284, ss.24914-24924, 2009 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
CD4(+)CD25(+) regulatory T cells (T regs) play a major role in the maintenance of self-tolerance and immune suppression, although the mechanisms controlling T reg development and suppressor function remain incompletely understood. Herein, we provide evidence that Kruppel-like factor 10 (KLF10/TIEG1) constitutes an important regulator of T regulatory cell suppressor function and CD4(+)CD25(-) T cell activation through distinct mechanisms involving transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta 1 and Foxp3. KLF10 overexpressing CD4(+)CD25(-) T cells induced both TGF-beta 1 and Foxp3 expression, an effect associated with reduced T-Bet (Th1 marker) and Gata3 (Th2 marker) mRNA expression. Consistently, KLF10(-/-) CD4(+)CD25(-) T cells have enhanced differentiation along both Th1 and Th2 pathways and elaborate higher levels of Th1 and Th2 cytokines. Furthermore, KLF10(-/-) CD4(+)CD25(-) T cell effectors cannot be appropriately suppressed by wild-type T regs. Surprisingly, KLF10(-/-) T reg cells have reduced suppressor function, independent of Foxp3 expression, with decreased expression and elaboration of TGF-beta 1, an effect completely rescued by exogenous treatment with TGF-beta 1. Mechanistic studies demonstrate that in response to TGF-beta 1, KLF10 can transactivate both TGF-beta 1 and Foxp3 promoters, implicating KLF10 in a positive feedback loop that may promote cell-intrinsic control of T cell activation. Finally, KLF10(-/-) CD4(+)CD25(-) T cells promoted atherosclerosis by similar to 2-fold in ApoE(-/-)/scid/scid mice with increased leukocyte accumulation and peripheral pro-inflammatory cytokines. Thus, KLF10 is a critical regulator in the transcriptional network controlling TGF-beta 1 in both CD4(+)CD25(-) T cells and T regs and plays an important role in regulating atherosclerotic lesion formation in mice.