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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Feb 17;106(7):2307-12. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0810059106. Epub 2009 Jan 26.

Cross-presenting human gammadelta T cells induce robust CD8+ alphabeta T cell responses.

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  • 1Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bern, CH-3000 Bern 9, Switzerland.


Gammadelta T cells are implicated in host defense against microbes and tumors but their mode of function remains largely unresolved. Here, we have investigated the ability of activated human Vgamma9Vdelta2(+) T cells (termed gammadelta T-APCs) to cross-present microbial and tumor antigens to CD8(+) alphabeta T cells. Although this process is thought to be mediated best by DCs, adoptive transfer of ex vivo antigen-loaded, human DCs during immunotherapy of cancer patients has shown limited success. We report that gammadelta T-APCs take up and process soluble proteins and induce proliferation, target cell killing and cytokine production responses in antigen-experienced and naïve CD8(+) alphabeta T cells. Induction of APC functions in Vgamma9Vdelta2(+) T cells was accompanied by the up-regulation of costimulatory and MHC class I molecules. In contrast, the functional predominance of the immunoproteasome was a characteristic of gammadelta T cells irrespective of their state of activation. Gammadelta T-APCs were more efficient in antigen cross-presentation than monocyte-derived DCs, which is in contrast to the strong induction of CD4(+) alphabeta T cell responses by both types of APCs. Our study reveals unexpected properties of human gammadelta T-APCs in the induction of CD8(+) alphabeta T effector cells, and justifies their further exploration in immunotherapy research.

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