T cell regulation of hematopoiesis

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It has long been known that thymus-derived lymphocytes (T cells) can produce cytokines that havepowerful effects on hematopoiesis. All major classes of T cells-CD4 T helper cells, CD4 regulatory T cells, CD8 T cells, γλ T cells and NKT cells-produce a number of cytokines and chemokines that can modulate hematopoiesis. More recent research has shown that specific T helper cell types, such as Th1, Th2 and Th17 cells, with the development of each subset depending ondistinct STAT proteins, have the potential to modulate the hematopoietic response in different ways. In a teleological sense, the overall orchestration of the immune response by T helper cells fits with the concept that T helper cellswould modulate the production of cells of the innate immune system by regulating hematopoiesis. Here we will review the literature on how T cell subsets regulatehematopoietic cell differentiation, and discuss how this regulation may complement the specific function of the T cell type.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6229-6236
Number of pages8
JournalFrontiers in Bioscience
Issue number16
StatePublished - May 1 2008


  • CD8
  • Cytokine
  • Inflammation
  • NKT
  • REview
  • T cell
  • Th1
  • Th17
  • Th2
  • Treg

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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