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Cell Immunol. 1988 May;113(2):268-77.

Virus-specific memory T cells are Pgp-1+ and can be selectively activated with phorbol ester and calcium ionophore.

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Department of Experimental Pathology, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Canberra, Australia.


Memory lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV)-immune cytotoxic T-lymphocyte precursors (CTLp) can be stimulated to proliferate and to mediate specific cytotoxic activity following incubation with phorbol myristate acetate (PMA), calcium ionophore (CaI), and interleukin 2 (IL-2). This protocol can be used to selectively induced virus-specific CTL activity under both bulk culture and limiting dilution conditions, in the absence of added antigen. There is no concurrent stimulation of alloreactive CTLp. Proliferation of the effector Lyt-2+ population in medium containing PMA and CaI requires L3T4+ cells, which can be replaced by adding IL-2, and the development of cytotoxicity is totally IL-2 dependent. The LCMV-specific memory T cells are also characterized by the expression of the Pgp-1 (Ly24) glycoprotein. The availability of this marker, together with the capacity to selectively stimulate primed CTLp in the absence of antigen, should greatly facilitate the analysis of T-cell memory in virus infections.

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