GSBS Student Publications

Title

Altered effector functions of virus-specific and virus cross-reactive CD8+ T cells in mice immunized with related flaviviruses.

Student Author(s)

Derek W. Trobaugh

UMMS Affiliation

Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research; Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Program in Immunology and Virology; Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

Date

5-1-2010

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes; Encephalitis Virus, Japanese; Flavivirus; West Nile virus

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

Memory cross-reactive CD8+ T-cell responses may induce protection or immunopathology upon secondary viral challenge. To elucidate the potential role of T cells in sequential flavivirus infection, we characterized cross-reactive CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell responses between attenuated and pathogenic Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) and pathogenic West Nile virus (WNV). A previously reported WNV NS4b CD8+ T-cell epitope and its JEV variant elicited CD8+ T-cell responses in both JEV- and WNV-infected mice. The peptide variant homologous to the immunizing virus induced greater cytokine secretion and activated higher frequencies of epitope-specific CD8+ T cells. However, there was a virus-dependent, peptide variant-independent pattern of cytokine secretion; the IFNgamma+-to-IFNgamma+TNFalpha+ CD8+ T-cell ratio was greater in JEV- than in WNV-infected mice. Despite similarities in viral burden for pathogenic WNV and JEV viruses, CD8+ T cells from pathogenic JEV-immunized mice exhibited functional and phenotypic profiles similar to those seen for the attenuated JEV strain. Patterns of killer cell lectin-like receptor G1 (KLRG1) and CD127 expression differed by virus type, with a rapid expansion and contraction of short-lived effector cells in JEV infection and persistence of high levels of short-lived effector cells in WNV infection. Such cross-reactive T-cell responses to primary infection may affect the outcomes of sequential flavivirus infections.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Eur J Immunol. 2010 May;40(5):1315-27.

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Link to article in PubMed

Journal Title

European journal of immunology

PubMed ID

20213733