Activated CD8 T cells acquire NK1.1 expression and preferentially locate in the liver in mice after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation.

Abstract

Immune cells expressing both NK and T cell markers include CD1d-dependent NKT cells and CD1d-independent NKT-like cells. We now describe the presence of NK1.1(+)CD8(+) T cells in the liver, but not other tissues (spleen, bone marrow, thymus or peripheral blood) in mice receiving allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT). These cells are CD1d-independent TCRαβ(+) T cells with an effector/memory CD44(hi)CD62L(-) phenotype, and do not express Ly49 receptors. Furthermore, these cells were derived from donor splenocytes, but not bone marrow cells. Depletion of CD8(+), but not NK1.1(+), cells from donor splenocytes prior to transplantation prevented the generation of NK1.1(+)CD8(+) T cells, indicating that these cells arose from donor NK1.1(-)CD8(+) splenic T cells. These results provide direct evidence that donor CD8(+) T cells can acquire NK1.1 expression upon activation in allo-HCT recipients and that these NK1.1(+)CD8(+) NKT-like cells maintain an effector/memory phenotype and persist in the recipients with preferential localization in the liver.

DOI: 10.1016/j.imlet.2012.12.009

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@article{Wang2013ActivatedCT, title={Activated CD8 T cells acquire NK1.1 expression and preferentially locate in the liver in mice after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation.}, author={Yi Wang and Hui Wang and Jinxing Xia and Tingting Liang and Guanjun Wang and Xiaokun Li and Yong-guang Yang}, journal={Immunology letters}, year={2013}, volume={150 1-2}, pages={75-8} }