TGF-β: Guardian of T Cell Function, 2013

Topics: TGF-beta, T-cells, cytokines, immune system

Authors: Soyoung A Oh, Ming O Li


A fundamental aspect of the adaptive immune system is the generation and maintenance of a diverse and self-tolerant T cell repertoire. Through its regulation of T cell development, homeostasis, tolerance, and differentiation, the highly evolutionarily conserved cytokine TGF-β critically supports a functional T cell pool. The pleiotropic nature of this regulation is likely due to the elaborate control of TGF-β production and activation in the immune system, and the intricacy of TGF-β signaling pathways. In this review we discuss the current understanding of TGF-β regulation of T cells.

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