The Development, Activation, Function and Mechanisms of Immunosuppressive Double Negative (DN) T Cells

  • Megan S. Ford
  • Li Zhang


Double negative (DN) T cells are a subset of T cells, present in the peripheral lymphatic organs and blood in very low numbers (1–2% of lymphocytes) in mice and humans. DN T cells have been shown to inhibit transplant rejection, lymphoma development and graft versus host disease. Furthermore, recent studies have suggested that DN T cells may play a role in the prevention and treatment of autoimmune diseases and bacterial and viral infections. This chapter will discuss the development, activation, functions and mechanism of DN T cells in the suppression of immune responses. The data discussed here suggest that DN T cells might be used as a novel therapy to prevent human transplant rejection, limit tumor survival, inhibit autoimmune disease development and control pathogen infection in an antigen-specific manner.


Treg Cell Suppressive Function Recipient Mouse Double Negative Donor Lymphocyte Infusion 
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This work was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Cancer Society.


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  1. 1.Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Immunology, Toronto General Research InstituteUniversity Health Network, University of Toronto TMDT 2-807TorontoCanada

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