IL-15-dependent induction of 4-1BB promotes antigen-independent CD8 memory T cell survival.


Mice lacking CD137L (4-1BBL) show normal primary expansion and contraction of the CD8+ T cell response to influenza virus, but exhibit a defect in Ag-specific CD8+ T cell numbers at 3-6 wk postinfection. Previous results showed that the decrease in CD8+ T cell numbers in this model is not due to a programming defect during primary expansion. Thus, it… (More)