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Eur J Immunol. 1989 Jan;19(1):151-6.

Expression of cytoplasmic granules with T cell-associated serine proteinase-1 activity in Ly-2+(CD8+) T lymphocytes responding to lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus in vivo.

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Universit├Ąts-Hautklinik, Heidelberg, FRG.


Monoclonal antibodies (mAb) with specificity for the T cell-associated serine proteinase-1 of the mouse (MTSP-1) were used to study expression and storage of this enzyme in T lymphocytes during lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM) virus infection in vivo. Immunohistochemical analysis of splenic tissue at the peak of LCM virus-specific T cell-mediated cytolytic responses, i.e., at day 7 post infection, revealed high numbers of MTSP-1+ T lymphocytes in the interfollicular T cell-dependent area of the spleen. More than 50% of Ly-2+(CD8+) cells but only low numbers of Ly-2-(CD8-) cells, previously enriched by flow cytofluorometry, contained large amounts of cytoplasmic granules which stained both with MTSP-1-specific mAb and the esterase substrate N-alpha-benzyloxycarbonyl-L-lysine thiobenzyl ester. These data demonstrate that in vivo generated LCM virus-induced cytolytic T lymphocytes develop cytoplasmic storage granules containing MTSP-1 and suggest that the mechanism of granule exocytosis is operative in vivo; possibly MTSP-1 is one effector molecule participating in the Ly-2+(CD8+) T lymphocyte-mediated control of virus infection.

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