Compositions and Methods for Inducing a Treg Phenotype and Methods for Use for the Same


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The T cell phenotype is important for controlling the immune response generate due to different stimuli. Viral infection requires the generation of killer “T cells” that can destroy infected cells. T cells are necessary to combat these infections, but the T cell response can pose problems with activated against non-pathogenic tissue, such as in autoimmune diseases or transplant rejection.

Invention Description:

This research is directed towards treating an inflammatory response that can occur with certain diseases, autoimmune disorders, and/or transplant complications (lupus, graft vs host disease, etc.). This disclosure may be used in combination with, but do not require, systemic immune suppression such as chemotherapeutic agents.  A protein has been identified for the first time that is involved in the direct induction of T Regulatory Cells. T Regulatory Cell therapy is actively being pursued in clinical trials for halting transplant rejection and for autoimmune diseases.

Potential Applications:

This invention can be used to help expand the population of anti-inflammatory T regulatory cells from peripheral blood T cells for use in diseases of autoimmunity, transplant rejection, and other inflammatory diseases.

Advantages and Benefits:

This invention replaces TGFb1 (Transforming Growth Factor Beta One) for TGFb2 (Transforming Growth Factor Beta 2) for use in inducing T regulatory cells. Our results have shown that, in mice, TGFb2-induced T-regs have phenotypes that indicate they may be more suppressive, thus efficacious, than TGFb1-induced T-regs.

Patent Information:
Title App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
Compositions and Methods for Inducing a Treg Phenotype and Methods for Use for the Same Utility United States 16/717,340 11,478,531 12/17/2019 10/25/2022   Published
For Information, Contact:
Technology Commercialization
University of South Carolina
Prakash Nagarkatti
Mitzi Nagarkatti
William Becker
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