Molecular Regulation ofCellular Immunity by FOXP3

  • Alicia N. McMurchy
  • Sara Di Nunzio
  • Maria Grazia Roncarolo
  • Rosa Bacchetta
  • Megan K. LevingsEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 665)


The immune system is responsible for not only eliminating threats to the body, but also for protecting the body from its own immune responses that would cause harm if left unchecked. Forkhead box protein 3 (FOXP3) is a forkhead family member with an important role in the development and function of a type of CD4+ T cell called T regulatory cells that is fundamental for maintaining immune tolerance to self. This chapter reviews the structure of FOXP3 and how its role in the immune system was discovered. Studies ofpatients with mutations in FOXP3 who suffer from a syndrome known as IPEX (immune dysregulation, polyendocrinopathy, enteropathy, x-linked) are also discussed. Investigation into howexpression of FOXP3 is regulated and how it interacts with other proteins have recently provided considerable insight into mechanisms bywhich the lack of this protein could cause disease. We also discuss how FOXP3 is involved in the reciprocal development of T regulatory cellsand proinflammatory T-cells that produce IL-17. A better understanding ofhow FOXP3 is regulated and the molecular basis for its function will ultimately contribute to the development of T regulatory cell-based cellular therapies that could be used to restore dysregulated immune responses.


Treg Cell Regulatory Cell FOXP3 Expression Neonatal Diabetes Mellitus Teff Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alicia N. McMurchy
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sara Di Nunzio
    • 3
  • Maria Grazia Roncarolo
    • 3
    • 4
  • Rosa Bacchetta
    • 3
  • Megan K. Levings
    • 1
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Immunity and Infection Research CentreVancouverCanada
  3. 3.San Raffaele Telethon Institute for GeneTherapy (HSR-TIGET)MilanItaly
  4. 4.Vita Salute San Raffaele UniversityMilanItaly
  5. 5.Immunity and Infection Research CentreVancouverCanada

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