Understanding T cell responses to mutant influenza viruses

Grant number: 454312 | Funding period: 2007 - 2009

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Abstract

T cells are a critical component of the immune system after infection with viruses. In particular, virus-specific CD8+ T cells can clear viral infections by killing virally-infected cells and the release of immunomodulators. These are called effector T cells. After the viral infection is cleared, a small proportion of T cells (around 5 to 10%) survives for many years and constitute a memory pool of virus-specific T cells. Memory T cells provide a rapid and effective protection in case of a repeated infection with the same virus, and hence result in a less severe disease. However, viruses often mutate their genes to escape such efficient T cell responses. In this study, we will investigate T ..

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