Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease promoted by hyperlipidemia. Several studies support FOXP3-positive regulatory T cells (Tregs) as inhibitors of atherosclerosis; however, the mechanism underlying this protection remains elusive. To define the role of FOXP3-expressing Tregs in atherosclerosis, we used the DEREG mouse, which expresses the diphtheria toxin (DT) receptor under control of the Treg-specific
Roland Klingenberg, Norbert Gerdes, Robert M. Badeau, Anton Gisterå, Daniela Strodthoff, Daniel F.J. Ketelhuth, Anna M. Lundberg, Mats Rudling, Stefan K. Nilsson, Gunilla Olivecrona, Stefan Zoller, Christine Lohmann, Thomas F. Lüscher, Matti Jauhiainen, Tim Sparwasser, Göran K. Hansson
Treg depletion modulates expression of genes controlling inflammation and lipid metabolism in the liver.