Journal article

An in vivo cytotoxicity threshold for influenza A virus-specific effector and memory CD8( ) T cells

John Stambas, Peter C Doherty, Stephen J Turner

JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY | AMER ASSOC IMMUNOLOGISTS | Published : 2007

Abstract

Influenza A virus infection of C57BL/6 (B6) mice is characterized by prominent CD8(+) T cell responses to H2D(b) complexed with peptides from the viral nucleoprotein (NP(366), ASNENMETM) and acid polymerase (PA(224), SSLENFRAYV). An in vivo cytotoxicity assay that depends on the adoptive transfer of peptide-pulsed, syngeneic targets was used in this study to quantitate the cytotoxic potential of D(b)NP(366)- and D(b)PA(224)-specific acute and memory CD8(+) T cells following primary or secondary virus challenge. Both T cell populations displayed equivalent levels of in vivo effector function when comparable numbers were transferred into naive B6 hosts. Cytotoxic activity following primary inf..

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