IL-10 and PD-L1 operate through distinct pathways to suppress T-cell activity during persistent viral infection

David G. Brooks, Sang Jun Ha, Heidi Elsaesser, Arlene H. Sharpe, Gordon J. Freeman, Michael B.A. Oldstone

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Abstract

Suppression of T-cell responses by host-derived regulatory factors is a key event leading to viral persistence. Antibody blockade of either IL-10 or programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) during viral persistence enhances T-cell function and reduces viral titers. Because blockade of these immunoregulatory networks represents a powerful approach to establish immune control during persistent infection, it is important to determine whether these immunoinhibitory factors act independently or jointly and if combined blockade of these factors further enhances T-cell immunity and viral clearance. Herein, we demonstrate that the IL-10 and PD-L1 immunosuppressive pathways are mechanistically distinct. As a result, simultaneous blockade of IL-10 and PD-L1 was significantly more effective in restoring antiviral T-cell responses than blockade of either alone, and led to substantially enhanced control of an established persistent viral infection. Thus, combinatorial blockade of multiple immune-regulatory molecules may ultimately restore the T-cell responses required to tip the balance from viral persistence to immune-mediated control or elimination of persistent infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20428-20433
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume105
Issue number51
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 23

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