Journal article

Local heroes or villains: tissue-resident memory T cells in human health and disease

SC Sasson, CL Gordon, SN Christo, P Klenerman, LK Mackay

CELLULAR & MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020

Abstract

Tissue-resident memory T (TRM) cells are increasingly associated with the outcomes of health and disease. TRM cells can mediate local immune protection against infections and cancer, which has led to interest in TRM cells as targets for vaccination and immunotherapies. However, these cells have also been implicated in mediating detrimental pro-inflammatory responses in autoimmune skin diseases such as psoriasis, alopecia areata, and vitiligo. Here, we summarize the biology of TRM cells established in animal models and in translational human studies. We review the beneficial effects of TRM cells in mediating protective responses against infection and cancer and the adverse role of TRM cells i..

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