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Clinical and Developmental Immunology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 967301, 10 pages
Research Article

T Cell Vaccination Inhibits Th1/Th17/Tfh Frequencies and Production of Autoantibodies in Collagen-Induced Arthritis

1Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai Institute of Immunology, Shanghai 200025, China
2Breast Cancer Institute, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Shanghai 200032, China

Received 1 August 2013; Revised 20 October 2013; Accepted 3 November 2013

Academic Editor: Maria Foti

Copyright © 2013 Shan Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this study is to determine whether the regulatory role of T cell vaccination (TCV) is through inhibition of Th1/Th17/Tfh and production of autoantibodies on collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). First, CIA mice were treated with TCV. After disease onset, the incidence and severity of change in joint histopathology were evaluated. Mice in the TCV-treated group showed less disease severity and less infiltration of inflammatory cells in the joint sections. TCV decreased the frequencies of Th1/Th17/Tfh cells and related cytokines. Reduction of IL-21 may be associated with both Tfh and Th17, which further influence B cell and T cell responses. In addition, inhibition of Th1/Th17/Tfh frequencies led to the reduced expression of T-bet, RORα, RORγt, and Bcl6. Lastly, the proliferation of type-II-collagen-(CII-) specific T cells and the production of anti-CII antibodies were inhibited in the TCV-treated group. The results provide novel evidence that the therapeutic effects of TCV on CIA are associated with the inhibition of Th1/Th17/Tfh frequencies and autoantibodies production.