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Folia Histochem Cytobiol. 2008;46(4):413-7. doi: 10.2478/v10042-008-0077-5.

Effector and memory CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in the chronic infection process.

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Department of Microbiological Diagnostics, Medical University of Bialystok, Poland.


T cell memory in comparison with B cell memory is not well understood. This review focuses on CD8+ and CD4+ memory T cells. In this article we try to define memory cells and also present models of memory T cells formation. We would also like to delineate their differentiation into distinct subsets. Long-lived memory T cells consist in two main subsets: TCM and TEM. Recent studies have shown that not all cells considered to be memory cells differentiate into TCM and TEM, but a small proportion of theses cells exhibit naive cells phenotype. Memory T cells constitute a heterogeneous population of cells. In this study we lay stress on characteristic of main memory T cells subsets and their alleged participation in immune response upon reexposure to the Ag.

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