Human immunodeficiency virus glycoprotein-specific CD4+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes are involved in two types of cytotoxicity: Antigen-specific and cell-cell fusion-related cell lysis

Robert Ehret, Martin Heinkelein, Robert F. Siliciano, Christian Jassoy

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Abstract

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) glycoprotein-specific CD4+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) lyse target cells in an MHC-restricted calcium-dependent fashion similar to the mechanism used by CD8+ CTLs. However, contact of unprimed peripheral blood CD4+ T cells with HIV glycoprotein-expressing cells has been shown to cause, in addition to cell-cell fusion, rapid cytolysis that may resemble antigen-specific cytotoxicity in the chromium release assay. In this study, the ability of glycoprotein-specific CD4+ CTLs to undergo similar fusion-related cytolysis was examined. The data obtained demonstrate that in addition to antigen-specific calcium-dependent cytotoxicity, envelope-specific CD4+ CTLs are involved in fusion-related, calcium-independent cytolysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1017-1021
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS research and human retroviruses
Volume13
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 10 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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