Interleukins 27 and 6 induce STAT3-mediated T cell production of interleukin 10

Jason S. Stumhofer, Jonathan S. Silver, Arian Laurence, Paige M. Porrett, Tajie H. Harris, Laurence A. Turka, Matthias Ernst, Christiaan J.M. Saris, John J. O'Shea, Christopher A. Hunter

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Interleukin 10 (IL-10) has a prominent function in regulating the balance between protective and pathological T cell responses. Consistent with that activity, many sources of this cytokine are found in vivo, including from myeloid cells and a variety of T cell subsets. However, although there are many pathways that regulate innate production of IL-10, the factors that govern its synthesis by the adaptive response are poorly understood. Here we report that IL-27 and IL-6 induced T helper type 1 and type 2 cells, as well as T helper cells that produce IL-17, to secrete IL-10. This effect was dependent on the transcription factors STAT1 and STAT3 for IL-27 and on STAT3 for IL-6. Our studies identify a previously unknown pathway that allows the immune system to temper inflammatory responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1363-1371
Number of pages9
JournalNature Immunology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

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