Siglec-10 expression is up-regulated in activated human CD4+ T cells
Most sialic acid–binding immunoglobulin-like lectins (Siglecs) suppress immune cell function but are expressed at low levels on human T cells. We found that soluble CD52 inhibited T cell signalling by ligating Siglec-10, but the presence of Siglec-10 on human T cells has been questioned. To address this concern, we examined the expression of Siglec-10 at the RNA and protein level in human CD4+ T cells. Analysis by RNAseq, qPCR and flow cytometry demonstrated that, in contrast to other Siglecs, after activation of CD4+ T cells Siglec-10 was selectively upregulated in a subset of cells also high for CD52 expression. This observation is consistent with a homeostatic role for Siglec-10 in human CD4+ T cells.