Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems
Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins | Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Hemic and Immune Systems | Immunology and Infectious Disease | Microbiology
Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells typically express a TRAV1-2(+) semi-invariant TCRalpha that enables recognition of bacterial, mycobacterial, and fungal riboflavin metabolites presented by MR1. MAIT cells are associated with immune control of bacterial and mycobacterial infections in murine models. Here, we report that a population of pro-inflammatory TRAV1-2(+) CD8(+) T cells are present in the airways and lungs of healthy individuals and are enriched in bronchoalveolar fluid of patients with active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). High-throughput T cell receptor analysis reveals oligoclonal expansions of canonical and donor-unique TRAV1-2(+) MAIT-consistent TCRalpha sequences within this population. Some of these cells demonstrate MR1-restricted mycobacterial reactivity and phenotypes suggestive of MAIT cell identity. These findings demonstrate enrichment of TRAV1-2(+) CD8(+) T cells with MAIT or MAIT-like features in the airways during active TB and suggest a role for these cells in the human pulmonary immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Mucosal immunology, T-cell receptor, Tuberculosis
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Commun Biol. 2019 Jun 5;2:203. doi: 10.1038/s42003-019-0442-2. eCollection 2019. Link to article on publisher's site
Wong EB, Behar SM, Lewinsohn DM. (2019). TRAV1-2(+) CD8(+) T-cells including oligoconal expansions of MAIT cells are enriched in the airways in human tuberculosis. Open Access Articles. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-019-0442-2. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/oapubs/3875
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