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Current Rheumatology Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-3971
ISSN (Online): 1875-6360

Review Article

Unique Phenotypes and Functions of Follicular Helper T Cells and Regulatory T Cells in Sjögren’s Syndrome

Author(s): Masako Saito, Kunihiro Otsuka, Aya Ushio, Akiko Yamada, Rieko Arakaki, Yasusei Kudo and Naozumi Ishimaru*

Volume 14 , Issue 3 , 2018

Page: [239 - 245] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/1573397113666170125122858


Sjogren’s syndrome (SS) is a T cell-mediated autoimmune disease of the systemic exocrine glands, such as salivary and lacrimal glands. A variety of T-cell subpopulations maintain immune tolerance in the thymus and periphery through complex immune responses including cellular and humoral immunity. The T-cell subpopulations exhibiting abnormal or unique phenotypes and impaired functionality have been reported to play important roles in the cellular mechanisms of autoimmunity in SS patients and animal models of SS. In this review, we focused on follicular helper T cells related to antibody production and regulatory T cells to control immune tolerance in the pathogenesis of SS. The unique roles of these T-cell subpopulations in the process of the onset or development of SS have been demonstrated in this review of recent publications. The clinical application of these T-cell subpopulations will be helpful for the development of new techniques for diagnosis or treatment of SS in the future.

Keywords: Autoimmunity, follicular helper T cell, regulatory T cell, Sjogren`s syndrome, phenotypes, exocrine.

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