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Regulatory T Cells Resist Cyclosporine-Induced Cell Death via CD44-Mediated Signaling Pathways

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Inhibition of HA synthesis impairs Treg homeostasis which can be overcome with exogenous IL-2 or CD44-cross-linking. (a) Representative histograms of GFP/FoxP3 expression of Treg following 3 days of culture in the presence of anti-CD3 and anti-CD28 alone or with IL-2, CD44 cross-linking, or exogenous plate-bound HA. independent experiments. (b) Representative FACS plots illustrating GFP/Foxp3 and CD25 expression on Day 0 immediately following isolation of CD4+GFP/Foxp3+ Treg from murine splenocytes and following 3 days of culture with anti-CD3 and anti-CD28 Ab alone or in conjunction with plate-bound anti-CD44 Ab, the HA synthesis inhibitor 4-MU, and/or IL-2. (c) Fold change in GFP/Foxp3 MFI for the same conditions as in (b), here for independent experiments. (d) Viability (the percentage of GFP/Foxp3+ cells negative for 7AAD and Annexin V) for Treg cultured in the setting of either DMSO or 4MU.