Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 9596580
Science 1998 May;280(5367):1265-7
The factors that contribute to allergic asthma are unclear but the resulting condition is considered a consequence of a type-2 T helper (TH2) cell response. In a model of pulmonary allergic inflammation, mice that lacked gammadelta T cells had decreases in specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) and IgG1 and pulmonary interleukin-5 (IL-5) release as well as in eosinophil and T cell infiltration compared with wild-type mice. These responses were restored by administration of IL-4 to gammadelta T cell-deficient mice during the primary immunization. Thus, gammadelta T cells are essential for inducing IL-4-dependent IgE and IgG1 responses and for TH2-mediated airway inflammation to peptidic antigens.