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SymbolsICOS ; AILIM; CD278; CVID1
External IDsOMIM604558 MGI1858745 HomoloGene8097 GeneCards: ICOS Gene
RNA expression pattern
File:PBB GE ICOS 210439 at tn.png
More reference expression data
RefSeq (mRNA)NM_012092NM_017480
RefSeq (protein)NP_036224NP_059508
Location (UCSC)Chr 2:
204.8 – 204.83 Mb
Chr 1:
60.98 – 61 Mb
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Inducible T-cell costimulator is a protein that in humans is encoded by the ICOS gene.[1][2][3]

CD278 or ICOS (Inducible T-cell COStimulator) is a CD28-superfamily costimulatory molecule that is expressed on activated T cells. It is thought to be important for Th2 cells in particular.[4][5]

The protein encoded by this gene belongs to the CD28 and CTLA-4 cell-surface receptor family. It forms homodimers and plays an important role in cell-cell signaling, immune responses, and regulation of cell proliferation.[3]

ICOS knockout phenotype

Compared to wild-type naïve T cells, ICOS-/- T cells activated with plate-bound anti-CD3 have reduced proliferation and IL-2 secretion(1). The defect in proliferation can be rescued by addition of IL-2 to the culture, suggesting the proliferative defect is due either to ICOS-mediated IL-2 secretion or the activation of similar signaling pathways between ICOS and IL-2. In terms of Th1 and Th2 cytokine secretion, ICOS-/- CD4+ T cell activated in vitro have reduced IL-4 secretion, but similar IFN-g secretion. Similarly, CD4+ T cells purified from ICOS-/- mice immunized with the protein keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) in alum or Complete Freunds Adjuvant have attenuated IL-4 secretion, but similar IFN-g and IL-5 secretion when recalled with KLH. These data are similar to an airway hypersensitivity model showing similar IL-5 secretion, but reduced IL-4 secretion in response to sensitization with Ova protein, indicating a defect in Th2 cytokine secretion, but not a defect in Th1 differentiation as both IL-4 and IL-5 are Th2-associated cytokines. In agreement with reduced Th2 responses, ICOS-/- mice have reduced germinal center formation and IgG1 and IgE antibody titers in response to immunization.


  1. ^ Hutloff A, Dittrich AM, Beier KC, Eljaschewitsch B, Kraft R, Anagnostopoulos I, Kroczek RA (Feb 1999). "ICOS is an inducible T-cell co-stimulator structurally and functionally related to CD28". Nature 397 (6716): 263–6. PMID 9930702. doi:10.1038/16717. 
  2. ^ Yoshinaga SK, Whoriskey JS, Khare SD, Sarmiento U, Guo J, Horan T, Shih G, Zhang M, Coccia MA, Kohno T, Tafuri-Bladt A, Brankow D, Campbell P, Chang D, Chiu L, Dai T, Duncan G, Elliott GS, Hui A, McCabe SM, Scully S, Shahinian A, Shaklee CL, Van G, Mak TW, Senaldi G (Jan 2000). "T-cell co-stimulation through B7RP-1 and ICOS". Nature 402 (6763): 827–32. PMID 10617205. doi:10.1038/45582. 
  3. ^ a b "Entrez Gene: ICOS inducible T-cell co-stimulator". 
  4. ^ Rudd CE, Schneider H (2003). "Unifying concepts in CD28, ICOS and CTLA4 co-receptor signalling". Nat. Rev. Immunol. 3 (7): 544–56. PMID 12876557. doi:10.1038/nri1131. 
  5. ^ Dong C, Juedes AE, Temann UA, Shresta S, Allison JP, Ruddle NH, Flavell RA (2001). "ICOS co-stimulatory receptor is essential for T-cell activation and function". Nature 409 (6816): 97–101. PMID 11343121. doi:10.1038/35051100. 

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11111 C. Dong, A. E. Juedes, U. A. Temann et al., Nature 409 (6816), 97 (2001).