Journal article

Diversity of epitope and cytokine profiles for primary and secondary influenza A virus-specific CD8( ) T cell responses

GT Belz, WD Xie, PC Doherty

JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY | AMER ASSOC IMMUNOLOGISTS | Published : 2001

Abstract

Screening with the flow cytometric IFN-gamma assay has led to the identification of a new immunogenic peptide (SSYRRPVGI) [corrected] from the influenza PB1 polymerase (PB1(703--711)) and a mimotope (ISPLMVAYM) from the PB2 polymerase (PB2(198--206)). CD8(+) T cells specific for K(b)PB1(703) make both IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha following stimulation with both peptides. The CD8(+) K(b)PB1(703)(+) population kills PB2(198)-pulsed targets, but cell lines stimulated with PB2(198) neither bind the K(b)PB1(703) tetramer nor become CTL. This CD8(+)K(b)PB1(703)(+) population is prominent in the primary response to an H3N2 virus, although it is much less obvious following secondary challenge of H1N1-pri..

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