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A human memory T cell subset with stem cell-like properties

Gattinoni, Luca, Lugli, Enrico, Ji, Yun, Pos, Zoltan, Paulos, Chrystal M., Quigley, Maire F., Almeida, Jorge R., Gostick, Emma, Yu, Zhiya, Carpenito, Carmine, Wang, Ena, Douek, Daniel C., Price, David ORCID:, June, Carl H., Marincola, Francesco M., Roederer, Mario and Restifo, Nicholas P. 2011. A human memory T cell subset with stem cell-like properties. Nature Medicine 17 (10) , pp. 1290-1297. 10.1038/nm.2446

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Immunological memory is thought to depend on a stem cell–like, self-renewing population of lymphocytes capable of differentiating into effector cells in response to antigen re-exposure. Here we describe a long-lived human memory T cell population that has an enhanced capacity for self-renewal and a multipotent ability to derive central memory, effector memory and effector T cells. These cells, specific to multiple viral and self-tumor antigens, were found within a CD45RO−, CCR7+, CD45RA+, CD62L+, CD27+, CD28+ and IL-7Rα+ T cell compartment characteristic of naive T cells. However, they expressed large amounts of CD95, IL-2Rβ, CXCR3, and LFA-1, and showed numerous functional attributes distinctive of memory cells. Compared with known memory populations, these lymphocytes had increased proliferative capacity and more efficiently reconstituted immunodeficient hosts, and they mediated superior antitumor responses in a humanized mouse model. The identification of a human stem cell–like memory T cell population is of direct relevance to the design of vaccines and T cell therapies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Systems Immunity Research Institute (SIURI)
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 1078-8956
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 07:49

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