Activation-induced cell death in human T cells is a suicidal process regulated by cell density but superantigen induces T cell fratricide.


Repeated ligation of the TCR results in apoptosis (activation-induced cell death; AICD). Superantigens such as Staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) are particularly efficient at inducing AICD in T cells. We investigated whether apoptosis in human T cell subsets was due to fratricide (killing of neighboring cells) or suicide (cell autonomous death). AICD of… (More)