【ZOOM SEMINAR】Regulation of T cell activation and function by Innate signaling


2020年3月25日 (水) 13:00


C016 (Lab1, LevelC)


Dear All,

Cell Signal Unit (Yamamoto Unit) would like to inform you of a seminar by Dr. Takashi Saito from RIKEN.

**You can also join this seminar via ZOOM " https://oist.zoom.us/j/582184976 ".


Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Time: 13:00-14:00

Venue: C016, Level C, Lab 1



Dr. Takashi Saito, Laboratory for Cell Signaling, RIKEN

Regulation of T cell activation and function by Innate signaling

  T cell activation upon antigen recognition through TCR is positively and negatively regulated by co-stimulation signals, cytokine signals and innate signals. T cell stimulation by some TLRs induces T cell activation to induce cytokine production and cell proliferation. Particularly TLR2 stimulation induces Th1 and Th17 differentiation, whereas nucleic acids stimulation induces Th2 development.

  STING is a cytosolic DNA sensor, and induces type I interferon (IFN-I) responses in innate immune responses to mediate the host defense against pathogens. Although T cells highly express STING, its physiological role remained unknown. We showed that STING ligand such as cGAMP strongly inhibits T cell growth by blocking the expression of cell cycle related genes and by inhibiting mTORC1 functions through IRF3 and IRF7. Although cGAMP alone failed to induce IFN-I production, co-stimulation of T cells through TCR and STING induced sustained activation of IRF3, leading to IFN-I production. IFN-I production also depends on TCR-induced mTORC1 activation. Effector T cells produce much higher IFN-I levels than innate cells such as dendritic cells in response to cGAMP, suggesting the role in protective immune responses to infection and tumor. Indeed, we demonstrated that STING stimulation in T cells is effective in inducing anti-tumor responses in vivo. Our studies demonstrate that activation of STING and TCR are mutually regulated through mTORC1 to modulate T cell functions.

Prof. Tadashi Yamamoto


We hope to see many of you at the seminar.


Best regards,

Yuki Nakagawa

Research Unit Administrator

Cell Signal Unit

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