Myeloid-derived suppressor cells are a heterogeneous group of immature myeloid cells with immunoregulatory function. When activated and expanded, these cells can suppress T cell functions via cell-to cell interactions as well as soluble mediators. Recent studies investigated the involvement of MDSC in autoimmune diseases. Some papers have described beneficial effect of MDSC during the course of autoimmune diseases, and suggest a potential role as a treatment option, while others failed to detect these effects. Their contributions to autoimmune diseases are not fully understood, and many questions and some controversies remain as to the expansion, activation, and inhibitory functions of MDSC. This review aims to summarize current knowledge of MDSC in autoimmune disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-636
Number of pages6
JournalHuman Immunology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2016


  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Myeloid derived suppressor cells
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • SLE
  • Type 1 diabetes


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