Expression of Akt1 and p-Akt1 in peripheral T cell subsets of multiple sclerosis patients.

Oktelik F. B., Yilmaz V., Turkoglu R., Akbayir E., Tuzun E., Deniz G., ...More

Acta neurologica Belgica, vol.121, no.6, pp.1777-1782, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 121 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s13760-020-01518-9
  • Journal Name: Acta neurologica Belgica
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.1777-1782
  • Keywords: Multiple sclerosis, Phospho-Akt1, Akt1, Protein kinase B, Regulatory T cells, PATHWAYS, GENE
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder induced by the infiltration of autoreactive immune cells into the central nervous system. Akt/PKB signaling pathway is crucially involved in T cell development and survival. We aimed to determine whether Akt1 expression levels of regulatory T (Treg) cells are altered in MS and are associated with disease activity. Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RR-MS, n = 17) patients and healthy individuals (n = 20) were enrolled. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were isolated and anti-CD3, -CD4, -CD8, -CD25, -CD127 monoclonal antibodies were used to identify the T cell subsets. After stimulation with phorbol myristate acetate/ionomycin, the Akt1 and phosphorylated-Akt1 (p-Akt1) levels of T cell subsets were detected with intracellular staining using flow cytometry. Total Akt1 and p-Akt1 expression levels were found to be suppressed in CD4T cell and Treg populations of RR-MS patients. Progression indices were positively correlated with Akt1 expression levels of Tregs indicating that the Akt pathway might partake in the progression of multiple sclerosis. Flow cytometry may effectively be used for the evaluation of the Akt pathway activity. Our findings suggest that the magnitude of suppression of the Akt pathway might serve as a biomarker for the prognosis of multiple sclerosis.