The CD46-Jagged1 interaction is critical for human TH1 immunity.
Le Friec G., Sheppard D., Whiteman P., Karsten CM., Shamoun SA-T., Laing A., Bugeon L., Dallman MJ., Melchionna T., Chillakuri C., Smith RA., Drouet C., Couzi L., Fremeaux-Bacchi V., Köhl J., Waddington SN., McDonnell JM., Baker A., Handford PA., Lea SM., Kemper C.
CD46 is a complement regulator with important roles related to the immune response. CD46 functions as a pathogen receptor and is a potent costimulator for the induction of interferon-γ (IFN-γ)-secreting effector T helper type 1 (T(H)1) cells and their subsequent switch into interleukin 10 (IL-10)-producing regulatory T cells. Here we identified the Notch family member Jagged1 as a physiological ligand for CD46. Furthermore, we found that CD46 regulated the expression of Notch receptors and ligands during T cell activation and that disturbance of the CD46-Notch crosstalk impeded induction of IFN-γ and switching to IL-10. Notably, CD4(+) T cells from CD46-deficient patients and patients with hypomorphic mutations in the gene encoding Jagged1 (Alagille syndrome) failed to mount appropriate T(H)1 responses in vitro and in vivo, which suggested that CD46-Jagged1 crosstalk is responsible for the recurrent infections in subpopulations of these patients.