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Possible role of the 'IDO-AhR axis' in maternal-foetal tolerance.
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PMID:  23319400     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The induction and maintenance of immunologic tolerance at the feto-maternal interface is necessary for a successful pregnancy. The most accepted hypothesis for the mechanism underlying this tolerance is that pregnancy-induced foetal antigen-specific maternal T regulatory (T(reg) ) cells mediate maternal tolerance to the foetus. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), which is highly expressed in the placenta, is widely studied in female reproductive biology and immunology. Activation of AhR can promote immune tolerance by controlling the differentiation of T(reg) cells in some autoimmune disorders. However, the specific mechanisms underlying tolerance are poorly understood. Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) is the initial and rate-limiting enzyme of tryptophan catabolism in human placental trophoblasts. IDO produces kynurenine, an endogenous AhR ligand that directly activates AhR and is proposed to be central to the establishment and maintenance of immunologic tolerance at the maternal-foetal interface. We propose that kynurenine activates AhR, leading to the AhR-dependent T(reg) cells generation, which in turn critically regulates immunological tolerance at the feto-maternal interface. This hypothesis must be tested and the proof of this hypothesis may provide a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of infertility and other adverse pregnancy outcomes resulted from inadequate immunological tolerance at the feto-maternal interface.
Kehong Hao; Qian Zhou; Wen Chen; Wenwen Jia; Jing Zheng; Jiuhong Kang; Kai Wang; Tony Duan
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cell biology international     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1095-8355     ISO Abbreviation:  Cell Biol. Int.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2013-1-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9307129     Medline TA:  Cell Biol Int     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-4     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 International Federation for Cell Biology.
Clinical and Translational Research Center, Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital, School of Medicine, Tongji University, Shanghai 200040, P.R. China.
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