Distinct Memory CD4(+) T Cells with Commitment to T Follicular Helper- and T Helper 1-Cell Lineages Are Generated after Acute Viral Infection.

TitleDistinct Memory CD4(+) T Cells with Commitment to T Follicular Helper- and T Helper 1-Cell Lineages Are Generated after Acute Viral Infection.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsJ Hale S, Youngblood B, Latner DR, Mohammed AUr Rasheed, Ye L, Akondy RS, Wu T, Iyer SS, Ahmed R
JournalImmunity
Volume38
Issue4
Pagination805-17
Date Published04/18/2013
ISSN1097-4180
Abstract

CD4(+) T follicular helper (Tfh) cells provide the required signals to B cells for germinal center reactions that are necessary for long-lived antibody responses. However, it remains unclear whether there are CD4(+) memory T cells committed to the Tfh cell lineage after antigen clearance. By using adoptive transfer of antigen-specific memory CD4(+) T cell subpopulations in the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus infection model, we found that there are distinct memory CD4(+) T cell populations with commitment to either Tfh- or Th1-cell lineages. Our conclusions are based on gene expression profiles, epigenetic studies, and phenotypic and functional analyses. Our findings indicate that CD4(+) memory T cells "remember" their previous effector lineage after antigen clearance, being poised to reacquire their lineage-specific effector functions upon antigen reencounter. These findings have important implications for rational vaccine design, where improving the generation and engagement of memory Tfh cells could be used to enhance vaccine-induced protective immunity.

DOI10.1016/j.immuni.2013.02.020
Alternate JournalImmunity
PubMed ID23583644
Grant ListF32 AI096709 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
P01 AI080192 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
R01 AI030048 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
UM1 AI100663 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
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