High frequencies of Th1-type CD4(+) T cells specific to HTLV-1 Env and Tax proteins in patients with HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis.

@article{Goon2002HighFO,
  title={High frequencies of Th1-type CD4(+) T cells specific to HTLV-1 Env and Tax proteins in patients with HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis.},
  author={Peter K C Goon and Emmanuel Hanon and Tadahiko Igakura and Yuetsu Tanaka and Jonathan Weber and Graham P Taylor and Charles R. M. Bangham},
  journal={Blood},
  year={2002},
  volume={99 9},
  pages={3335-41}
}
CD4(+) T cells are critical for inducing and maintaining efficient humoral and cellular immune responses to pathogens. The CD4(+) T-cell response in human T-lymphotropic virus 1 (HTLV-1) infection has not been studied in detail. However, CD4(+) T cells have been shown to predominate in early lesions in HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP). We present direct estimates of HTLV-1 Env- and Tax-specific CD4(+) T-cell frequencies in patients infected with HTLV-1. We… CONTINUE READING