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Virology. 2007 Mar 30;360(1):58-71. Epub 2006 Nov 17.

Murine AIDS requires CD154/CD40L expression by the CD4 T cells that mediate retrovirus-induced disease: Is CD4 T cell receptor ligation needed?

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, NH 03756, USA.


LP-BM5, a retroviral isolate, induces a disease featuring an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome termed murine AIDS (MAIDS). Many of the features of the LP-BM5-initiated disease are shared with HIV/AIDS. Our lab has shown that the interaction of B and CD4 T cells that is central to MAIDS pathogenesis requires ligation of CD40 on B cells by CD154 on CD4 T cells. Despite this strict requirement for CD154 expression, whether CD4 T cell receptor (TCR) occupancy is essential for the induction of MAIDS is unknown. To block TCR engagement, Tg mouse strains with monoclonal TCR of irrelevant peptide/MHC specificities, all on MAIDS-susceptible genetic backgrounds, were tested: the study of a panel of TCR Tg CD4 T cells controlled for the possibility of serendipitous crossreactive recognition of virus-associated or induced-self peptide, or superantigen, MHC complexes by a given TCR. The results argue that TCR engagement is not necessary for the induction of MAIDS.

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