, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 257–268 | Cite as

Role of Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling 3 in the Immune Modulation of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells

  • Chen Yang
  • Chunquan ZhengEmail author
  • Hai Lin
  • Jing Li
  • Keqing Zhao


The underlying mechanisms of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) on immune modulation to treat allergic diseases remain unclear. Here, we showed that the suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 (SOCS3) is an important immune modulator expressed by MSCs, which is significantly increased by interferon-γ (IFN-γ). In addition, we observed that SOCS3 is a crucial mediator of the anti-proliferative and functional effects of MSCs on T cells and B cells. The immune modulation of MSCs through SOCS3 is mediated by cell–cell contacts. Moreover, SOCS3 could serve as an indicator to predict the potential immune modulatory of MSCs derived from different donors. Furthermore, treatment with anti-SOCS3 Ab significantly decreased ovalbumin-specific antibodies and neutrophil infiltration in ovalbumin-induced allergic rhinitis (AR) mice. Our results suggest that SOCS3 serves as an immune modulator interfering with T cells and B cells, and SOCS3 may act as a predictive marker for immune modulatory of MSCs.


SOCS3 mesenchymal stromal cells immune modulatory interferon-γ 





This work was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 81470672).

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chen Yang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chunquan Zheng
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hai Lin
    • 3
  • Jing Li
    • 4
  • Keqing Zhao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Eye Ear Nose and Throat HospitalFudan UniversityXuhui DistrictChina
  2. 2.Department of Otolaryngology, Ruijin Hospital, School of medicineShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityHuangpu DistrictChina
  3. 3.Department of Otolaryngology, The Sixth People’s Hospital, School of medicineShanghai Jiao tong UniversityXuhui DistrictChina
  4. 4.Department of OtolaryngologyFirst People’s Hospital of Hangzhou CityHangzhouChina

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