Combined type 1 diabetes and celiac disease in children give raise to a pronounced Treg population
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Regulatory T-cells (Treg) suppress the immune response in order to avoid harmful effects. A wide range of highly expressed markers are associated to Treg, among them are CD4, CD25, CD39 and forkhead box p3 (FOXP3). Others are expressed in a low number on Tregs, for example CD45RA and CD127. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and celiac disease are both autoimmune diseases, caused by an unwanted immune response, and Treg cells have been associated to both diseases. As T1D and celiac disease share same risk genes, patients have the risk of developing the other disease subsequently. Treg cells have been implicated to be associated with development of T1D combined with celiac disease.
This pilot study aimed to investigate the expression of Treg associated markers in both CD4+CD25+ and CD4+CD25high cells by flow cytometry. In order to evaluate the involvement of Treg cells, CD39, CD45RA, CD127 and FOXP3 were studied in children with combination of T1D and celiac disease, in comparison to children with either T1D or celiac disease, and healthy children.
Our data point out that children with combination of T1D and celiac disease have higher expression of FOXP3 as well as CD39, together with a decreased expression of both CD127 and CD45RA, in comparison to children with exclusively T1D or celiac disease. Even though none of the groups differed from the reference group, our data indicates that children with combination of T1D and celiac disease have a more pronounced Treg population, both in frequency and MFI, compared to children with either T1D or celiac disease.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71912OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-71912DiVA: diva2:455271