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On the significance of CD8 alpha alpha expression for T cell memory.
European Journal of Immunology
Longitudinal studies on the kinetics of viral antigen specific CD8 T cell responses have led to a model whereby a relatively small subset of the primary effector CD8 T cells expanding after the first week of acute viral infection initiate a program of cell survival and differentiation into long lived memory T cells. These T cells are then critical for maintaining protective immunity to subsequent viral infection. Recent observations, using fluorescent tetramers of the MHC class Ib molecule TL, link transient expression of CD8alphaalpha homodimers on expanding primary effector CD8 T cells to the generation of memory cells. At present it is controversial what the role of CD8alphaalpha is in the generation of memory CD8 T cells. The involvement of the high affinity CD8alphaalpha ligand, the TL molecule, is not understood either. However, evidence from two viral infection models in mice, including one paper in this issue of the European Journal of Immunology, suggest a role for CD8alphaalpha in this process and call for additional research focus into these issues.
Antigens, CD8/biosynthesis, Antigens, CD8/physiology, Humans, Immunologic Memory/immunology, T-Lymphocytes/immunology, T-Lymphocytes/metabolism
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