Antigen-driven expansion and contraction of CD8+-activated T cells in primary EBV infection.

The origin of the increased numbers of CD8+ atypical lymphocytes, expressing activated markers such as HLA-DR or CD45RO, in the peripheral blood of patients with infectious mononucleosis (IM) has been debated. Using a recently developed assay to detect intracellular accumulation of IFN-gamma in EBV-reactive T cells by FACS, we have demonstrated that 34-54… CONTINUE READING