Characterization of the CD8(+) T cell responses directed against respiratory syncytial virus during primary and secondary infection in C57BL/6 mice

Michael V. Lukens, Erwin A. W. Claassen, Patricia M. A. de Graaff, Maniska E. A. van Dijk, Peter Hoogerhout, Mireille Toebes, Ton N. Schumacher, Robbert G. van der Most, Jan L. L. Kimpen, Grada M. van Bleek*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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The BALB/c mouse model for human respiratory syncytial virus infection has contributed significantly to our understanding of the relative role for CD4(+) and CD8(+). T cells to immune protection and pathogenic immune responses. To enable comparison of RSV-specific T cell responses in different mouse strains and allow dissection of immune mechanisms by using transgenic and knockout mice that are mostly available on a C57BL/6 background, we characterized the specificity, level and functional capabilities of CD8+ T cells during primary and secondary responses in lung parenchyma,. airways and spleens of C57BL/6 mice. During the primary response, epitopes were recognized originating from the matrix, fusion, nucleo- and attachment proteins, whereas the secondary response focused predominantly on the matrix epitope. C57BL/6 mice are less permissive for hRSV infection than BALB/c mice, yet we found CD8(+) T cell responses in the lungs and bronchoalveolar lavage, comparable to the responses described for BALB/c mice. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)157-168
Aantal pagina's12
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - 15-aug-2006
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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