Cutting edge: Identification of hepatitis C virus-specific CD8+ T cells restricted by donor HLA alleles following liver transplantation

Hugo R. Rosen, David J. Hinrichs, Rachel L. Leistikow, Glenda Callender, Anne M. Wertheimer, Michael I. Nishimura, David M. Lewinsohn

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By necessity, human liver transplantation is performed across HLA barriers. As a result, intracellular infection of the allograft presents a unique immunologic challenge for the recipient's immune system. In this study, we describe the presence of HLA-A2-restricted, hepatitis C virus (HCV)-specific CD8+ T cells in liver transplant recipients in whom the allograft is HLA-A2 positive and the recipient is HLA-A2 negative. These memory-effector T cells are recipient derived and recognize HCV peptide uniquely in the context of HLA-A2. Furthermore, these cells were absent before the transplant, suggesting that the allograft is capable of selectively expanding naive CD8+ T cells. The in vitro specificity to donor HLA allele-restricted CD8+ T cells suggests that these cells may function to control HCV spread in the allograft.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5355-5359
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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