CD1d-restricted peripheral T cell lymphoma in mice and humans

Emmanuel Bachy, Mirjam Urb, Shilpi Chandra, Rémy Robinot, Gabriel Bricard, Simon de Bernard, Alexandra Traverse-Glehen, Sophie Gazzo, Olivier Blond, Archana Khurana, Lucile Baseggio, Tayla Heavican, Martine Ffrench, Giuliano Crispatzu, Paul Mondière, Alexandra Schrader, Morgan Taillardet, Olivier Thaunat, Nadine Martin, Stéphane DalleMagali Le Garff-Tavernier, Gilles Salles, Joel Lachuer, Olivier Hermine, Vahid Asnafi, Mikael Roussel, Thierry Lamy, Marco Herling, Javeed Iqbal, Laurent Buffat, Patrice N. Marche, Philippe Gaulard, Mitchell Kronenberg, Thierry Defrance, Laurent Genestier

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Peripheral T cell lymphomas (PTCLs) are a heterogeneous entity of neoplasms with poor prognosis, lack of effective therapies, and a largely unknown pathophysiology. Identifying the mechanism of lymphomagenesis and cell-of-origin from which PTCLs arise is crucial for the development of efficient treatment strategies. In addition to the well-described thymic lymphomas, we found that p53-deficient mice also developed mature PTCLs that did not originate from conventional T cells but from CD1d-restricted NKT cells. PTCLs showed phenotypic features of activated NKT cells, such as PD-1 up-regulation and loss of NK1.1 expression. Injections of heat-killed Streptococcus pneumonia, known to express glycolipid antigens activating NKT cells, increased the incidence of these PTCLs, whereas Escherichia coli injection did not. Gene expression profile analyses indicated a significant downregulation of genes in the TCR signaling pathway in PTCL, a common feature of chronically activated T cells. Targeting TCR signaling pathway in lymphoma cells, either with cyclosporine A or anti-CD1d blocking antibody, prolonged mice survival. Importantly, we identified human CD1d-restricted lymphoma cells within Vδ1 TCR-expressing PTCL. These results define a new subtype of PTCL and pave the way for the development of blocking anti-CD1d antibody for therapeutic purposes in humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)841-857
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Experimental Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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