Protective immunity towards intracellular pathogens

Clinical Cooperation Group, Antigen Specific Immunotherapy, GSF, Institute of Health and Environment and Technical University of Munich, Germany.
Current Opinion in Immunology (Impact Factor: 7.48). 09/2006; 18(4):458-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.coi.2006.05.008
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Immunity towards intracellular pathogens is often dependent upon the generation of CD8(+) memory T cells, which provide long-lasting and effective protection. Over the past few years, we have gained novel insights into the heterogeneity of CD8(+) T cells, time points of lineage commitment, and lineage relationships between subpopulations. These studies suggest that memory CD8(+) T cells progressively develop from naïve cells early during the immune response and further differentiate unidirectionally into short-living effector cells. We have also learnt that different memory subsets play distinct roles in conferring protection: whereas effector memory T cells are able to provide immediate protection but are not necessarily maintained long-term, central memory T cells have the potential for constant self-renewal. Thus, neither subset really fulfills all criteria of memory. As protective effector memory cells can develop from central memory cells, vaccination strategies should focus on induction of a balanced ratio of the two memory T cell subsets.

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    • "As a consequence, they are regarded as powerful mediators of immune protection from reinfection. In keeping with this, protective immunity by CD8 + memory T cells has been demonstrated in various experimental models of systemic infection, such as Listeria monocytogenes , lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), and the malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei (Bachmann et al., 1997, 2005; Wherry et al., 2003; Badovinac et al., 2005; Huster et al., 2006; Schmidt et al., 2008). Importantly, T cell immunity in these cases of systemic infection is long-lived and can be conferred to naïve animals by the adoptive transfer of pathogenspecific CD8 + memory T cells (Lau et al., 1994). "
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    • "TEMC preferentially home to peripheral tissues and respond to antigen encounter with immediate effector function but poor numeric expansion [41]. In contrast, TCMC home to lymphoid organs, can vigorously expand upon antigen reencounter and are therefore potentially assigned to the crucial T cell population that confers long-lasting protective immunity against microbial pathogens [42]. However, proliferative capacity does not necessarily correlate with protection against infection, since TCMC-like CD8 T cells induced by vaccination with heat-killed L. monocytogenes reveal vigorous proliferation and expansion after challenge with live Listeria, but do not protect against listeriosis as determined by clearance of the bacteria [43]. "
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    • "Collectively, these data suggest that primary memory CD8 + T cells undergo more vigorous proliferation than secondary memory CD8 + T cells regardless of the infectious agent. However, in contrast to some previous suggestions (Wherry et al., 2003b), but not others (Huster et al., 2006; Lauvau et al., 2001), this difference in proliferative potential does not always translate into providing greater protection by a memory CD8 + T cell population because secondary memory CD8 + T cells proliferate less but protect better against acute infections with LM, LCMV, or VacV (Figure 1). It has been demonstrated that primary CD62L hi (central memory [Tcm]) CD8 + T cells are better than primary CD62L lo (effector memory [Tem]) cells at clearing LCMV clone 13 (Wherry et al., 2003b). "
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