Send to

Choose Destination
Immunity. 1996 Jul;5(1):17-30.

The roles of Fas/APO-1 (CD95) and TNF in antigen-induced programmed cell death in T cell receptor transgenic mice.

Author information

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine, California 94305, USA.


The possible involvement of Fas/APO-1 (CD95) and TNF in antigen-specific AICD of thymocytes and mature T cells has been investigated. Antigenic stimulation in vivo of influenza hemagglutinin (HA)-specific TCRtg mice was used to demonstrate that the kinetics of thymocyte and peripheral CD4+ T cell deletion are similar in mice with normal (+/+) or defective Fas (lpr/lpr) background, indicating that a Fas-independent pathway(s) is responsible for the deletion of activated T cells. TCRtg-+/+ or TCRtg-lpr/lpr mice injected with murine TNF-blocking MAb (TN3) showed rapid apoptosis of thymocytes after HA stimulation, indicating that death signaling through Fas and TNF receptors is not essential for HA-induced thymocyte deletion. CDC peripheral T cells in TCRtg-lpr/lpr mice did not undergo apoptosis following injection with HA and TN3, indicating that TNF-mediated apoptosis is involved in the deletion of mature T cells after antigenic stimulation. However, apoptosis still occurred in TCRtg-+/+ mice injected with TN3, indicating that both Fas- and TNF-mediated cell death can contribute to the deletion of activated peripheral T cells.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center