Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) can be adoptively transferred by T cells that are specific for autoantigens of the central nervous system. A variety of autoantigens and their derived peptides have been shown to be excellent stimulators for encephalitogenic T-cell lines and clones. This article describes protocols for the establishment and characterization of autoreactive T-cell lines and clones and for the study of EAE induced by these cells. The rationale for using transferred EAE models is discussed, together with advantages and disadvantages of using in vitro cultured T cells compared with Freund's adjuvant-based immunization for the induction of EAE.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)