THOMAS A. WALDMANN, M.D.; R. MICHAEL BLAESE, M.D.; SAMUEL BRODER, M.D.; RANDALL S. KRAKAUER
A series of suppressor cell systems regulate virtually all immunologic processes. Disorders of these systems have been identified in association with a number of diseases. An abnormal number of activated suppressor T-cells have been seen in some patients with common variable hypogammaglobulinemia and in some with selective IgA deficiency. Suppressor T-cells that inhibit immunoglobulin synthesis also develop in an animal model of immunodeficiency, the agammaglobulinemia of the bursectomized bird. Non-T-cell suppressor cells are a pathogenic factor in the humoral immunodeficiency associated with multiple myeloma. At the other end of the spectrum of immunologic response, a reduction in functional activity of suppressor T-cells has been implicated in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. The disorders of suppressor cells that have been shown in immunodeficiency and autoimmunity are important when developing rational strategies for prevention and therapy of these immunologic disorders.
WALDMANN TA, BLAESE RM, BRODER S, KRAKAUER RS. Disorders of Suppressor Immunoregulatory Cells in the Pathogenesis of Immunodeficiency and Autoimmunity. Ann Intern Med. ;88:226–238. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-2-226
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(2):226-238.
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