Central tolerance

Central tolerance encompasses the mechanisms that render newly developing lymphocytes in primary lymphoid organs tolerant to self antigens. Developing B cells and T cells that react strongly to self antigens either undergo alteration of their antigen receptors, or face functional inactivation, deletion by apoptosis or programming into a suppressive phenotype.

Latest Research and Reviews

  • Reviews |

    In this Review, Handel and colleagues examine the contribution of thymic T cell selection to CNS autoimmune conditions and consider how a better understanding of this contribution could lead to novel therapeutic strategies for these conditions.

    • Adam E. Handel
    • , Sarosh R. Irani
    •  & Georg A. Holländer
  • Research |

    Zhu and colleagues show that negative-selection ligands induce cooperative TCR–pMHC–CD8 trimolecular ‘catch bonds’, whereas positive-selection ligands induce TCR–pMHC and pMHC–CD8 bimolecular ‘slip bonds’.

    • Jinsung Hong
    • , Chenghao Ge
    • , Prithiviraj Jothikumar
    • , Zhou Yuan
    • , Baoyu Liu
    • , Ke Bai
    • , Kaitao Li
    • , William Rittase
    • , Miho Shinzawa
    • , Yun Zhang
    • , Amy Palin
    • , Paul Love
    • , Xinhua Yu
    • , Khalid Salaita
    • , Brian D. Evavold
    • , Alfred Singer
    •  & Cheng Zhu
    Nature Immunology 19, 1379-1390
  • Research |

    A comprehensive characterization of the thymic stroma identifies a tuft-cell-like thymic epithelial cell population that is critical for shaping the immune niche in the thymus.

    • Chamutal Bornstein
    • , Shir Nevo
    • , Amir Giladi
    • , Noam Kadouri
    • , Marie Pouzolles
    • , François Gerbe
    • , Eyal David
    • , Alice Machado
    • , Anna Chuprin
    • , Beáta Tóth
    • , Ori Goldberg
    • , Shalev Itzkovitz
    • , Naomi Taylor
    • , Philippe Jay
    • , Valérie S. Zimmermann
    • , Jakub Abramson
    •  & Ido Amit
    Nature 559, 622-626
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    Autoreactive T cells are removed during their development in the thymus through the functions of medullary thymic epithelial cells (mTEC) and dendritic cells (DC), a process termed negative selection. Here the authors show that mTEC-T cell crosstalk and lymphotoxin α signalling are essential for the proper recruitment of DCs into the thymus.

    • Noëlla Lopes
    • , Jonathan Charaix
    • , Oriane Cédile
    • , Arnauld Sergé
    •  & Magali Irla

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Numerous exciting studies that advanced our understanding of immune-mediated kidney disease were published in 2018. Whereas most of these studies analysed the role of pro-inflammatory mediators, several novel anti-inflammatory mechanisms were discovered that involve immune cells and mediators with previously unrecognized protective roles in renal disease.

    • Christian Kurts
    •  & Catherine Meyer-Schwesinger
  • Research Highlights |

    Two papers published in Nature introduce a new subset of medullary thymic epithelial cells with properties similar to intestinal tuft cells, including IL-25 production and chemosensing ability.

    • Kirsty Minton
  • News and Views |

    Caveolin-1 has a critical role in orchestrating the membrane organization of B cells. In its absence, signaling via the B cell antigen receptor and B cell tolerance are impaired, which results in autoimmunity.

    • Julie Zikherman
    •  & Clifford A Lowell
    Nature Immunology 18, 1065-1066
  • News and Views |

    The thymic development of CD8+ T cells requires the presentation of different sets of peptides on major histocompatibility complex class I for positive selection and negative selection.

    • Joanna Brzostek
    •  & Nicholas R J Gascoigne
    Nature Immunology 17, 896-898