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Nat Med. 2013 Feb;19(2):143-9. doi: 10.1038/nm.3054. Epub 2013 Feb 6.

Harnessing CD4⁺ T cell responses in HIV vaccine development.

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  • 1US Military HIV Research Program, Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA.


CD4(+) T cells can perform a panoply of tasks to shape an effective response against a pathogen. Limited attention has been paid to the potential importance of functional CD4(+) T cell responses in the context of the development of next-generation vaccines, including HIV vaccines. Many CD4(+) T cell functions are newly appreciated and only partially understood. A workshop was held as a forum to bring together a small group of experts to exchange ideas on the role of CD4(+) T cells in developing durable functional antibody responses, via follicular helper T cells, as well as on the roles of CD4(+) T cells in other aspects of protective immunity. Here we discuss whether CD4(+) T cell responses may represent a beneficial component of an efficacious HIV vaccine.

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