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Eur J Immunol. 1993 Aug;23(8):1956-62.

T cell immunity after a viral infection versus T cell tolerance induced by soluble viral peptides.

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Institute of Experimental Immunology, University of Z├╝rich, Switzerland.


The fate of in vivo activated CD8+ cytotoxic T cells was studied in transgenic mice expressing a T cell receptor (TCR) specific for the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) glycoprotein peptide 33-41 presented by major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules. LCMV infection of TCR transgenic mice induced LCMV-specific effector and memory T cells whereas injection of soluble LCMV glycoprotein peptide 33-41 resulted in tolerance by peripheral deletion and anergy of LCMV-specific T cells after an initial expansion phase. Similarly, LCMV peptide 33-41-specific tolerance could be achieved in normal C57BL/6 mice and was not abrogated by an LCMV infection. These results obtained with a classically MHC-restricted peptide antigen parallel previous findings with retroviral or bacterial superantigens and indicate a possibility to modulate specifically mature peripheral cytotoxic T lymphocytes in vivo.

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