Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 14679057
Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 2003 Nov;1005:187-91
The T-box expressed in T cells gene (T-bet) is a member of the T-box family of transcription factors. T-bet-deficient mice show normal lymphoid development, but exhibit profound defects in their Th1-mediated immune responses. As the balance between Th1- and Th2-mediated immune responses plays a role in autoimmune-prone diseases, we have investigated the diabetes-related insulin autoantibody (IAA) and cellular immune responses (insulitis), in the absence of Th1 lineage commitment, in T-bet KO Balb/c mice, after immunization with the B9-23 insulin peptide. We have therefore investigated whether absence of the T-bet gene influences diabetes-related phenotypes in Balb/c T-bet KO mice.