Clinical Rheumatology

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 59–66 | Cite as

CD147-mediated chemotaxis of CD4+CD161+ T cells may contribute to local inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis

  • Minghua Lv
  • Jinlin Miao
  • Peng Zhao
  • Xing Luo
  • Qing Han
  • Zhenbiao WuEmail author
  • Kui ZhangEmail author
  • Ping ZhuEmail author
Original Article


CD161 is used as a surrogate marker for Th17 cells, which are implicated in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this study, we evaluated the percentage, clinical significance, and CD98 and CD147 expression of CD4+CD161+ T cells. The potential role of CD147 and CD98 in cyclophilin A-induced chemotaxis of CD4+CD161+ T cells was analyzed. Thirty-seven RA patients, 15 paired synovial fluid (SF) of RA, and 22 healthy controls were recruited. The cell populations and surface expression of CD98 and CD147 were analyzed by flow cytometry. Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient and multiple linear regression were applied to calculate the correlations. Chemotaxis assay was used to investigate CD4+CD161+ T cell migration. We found that the percentage of CD4+CD161+ T cells and their expression of CD147 and CD98 in SF were higher than in the peripheral blood of RA patients. Percentage of SF CD4+CD161+ T cells was positively correlated with 28-Joint Disease Activity Score (DAS28). CD147 monoclonal antibody (HAb18) attenuated the chemotactic ability of CD4+CD161+ T cells. An increased CD4+CD161+ T cell percentage and expression of CD147 and CD98 were shown in RA SF. Percentage of SF CD4+CD161+ T cells can be used as a predictive marker of disease activity in RA. CD147 block significantly decreased the chemotactic index of CD4+CD161+ cells induced by cyclophilin A (CypA). These results imply that the accumulation of CD4+CD161+ T cells in SF and their high expression of CD147 may be associated with CypA-mediated chemotaxis and contribute to local inflammation in RA.


CD147 CD4+CD161+ T cells CD98 Chemotaxis Rheumatoid arthritis 



All research materials used in this study were provided by the Institute of Rheumatism and Immunity, Department of Clinical Immunology at Xijing Hospital. This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81401338) and was approved by the Ethical Standards Committee of Xijing Hospital (reference number: KY20163014-1). The authors received funds to covering the costs of publishing this article. The authors also wish to thank LetPub ( for its linguistic assistance during the preparation of this manuscript.

Compliance with ethical standards

The study was approved by the ethics committee of Xijing Hospital, and written consent was provided by the participating patients.




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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical Immunology, PLA Specialized Research Institute of Rheumatology & Immunology, Xijing HospitalFourth Military Medical UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.Department of Hemotalogy and RheumatologyHanzhong 3201 HospitalHanzhongChina

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