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J Neuroimmunol. 1998 Apr 1;84(1):86-91.

T-cell heterogeneity in muscle lesions of inclusion body myositis.

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Department of Neuroimmunology, Max Planck Institute, Martinsried, Germany.


In the muscle lesions of inclusion body myositis (IBM), two populations of T cells can morphologically be distinguished, T cells that invade muscle fibers and T cells that remain in interstitial areas. Using combined immunohistochemistry and RT-PCR, we analysed the TCR expressed by these distinct T cell populations. In three of eight IBM muscle specimens, the autoinvasive T cells were stained with one of the available mAbs: anti-Vbeta5.3 in patient 1, anti-Vbeta5.2 in patient 2, and anti-Vbeta3 in patient 3. The corresponding TCR Vbeta mRNAs were amplified by RT-PCR and the PCR products were cloned and sequenced. In all three specimens, the TCRs expressed by the autoinvasive T cells were clonally restricted. Furthermore, in patient 1 two different mAbs labelled two distinct populations of T cells: an autoaggressive population of CD8 + Vbeta5.3 + cells that invaded muscle fibers and a noninvasive interstitial population of CD8 - Vbeta5.1 + cells. TCR sequence analysis revealed that the noninvasive Vbeta5.1 + T cells were clonally diverse, whereas the autoinvasive Vbeta5.3 + T cells were clonally restricted.

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