High frequency of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV)-specific CD8+-T cells detected in a healthy CMV-seropositive donor

Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) persists after infection but is controlled by cellular immune responses, particularly by CD8+ T cells. If infected individuals are immunosuppressed, HCMV can be reactivated. Upon testing the blood of healthy donors with human lymphocyte antigen tetramers, we found one individual with about 50 % of his CD8+ T cells being specific… CONTINUE READING