Polyomavirus-infected dendritic cells induce antiviral CD8+ T lymphocytes

Donald R. Drake, Janice M. Moser, Annette Hadley, John D. Altman, Charles Maliszewski, Eric Butz, Aron E. Lukacher

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CD8+ T cells are critical for the clearance of acute polyomavirus infection and the prevention of polyomavirus-induced tumors, but the antigen- presenting cell(s) involved in generating polyomavirus-specific CD8+ T cells have not been defined. We investigated whether dendritic cells and macrophages are permissive for polyomavirus infection and examined their potential for inducing antiviral CD8+ T cells. Although dendritic cells and macrophages both supported productive polyomavirus infection, dendritic cells were markedly more efficient at presenting the immunodominant viral epitope to CD8+ T cells. Additionally, infected dendritic cells, but not infected macrophages, primed anti-polyomavirus CD8+ T cells in vivo. Treatment with Flt3 ligand, a hematopoietic growth factor that dramatically expands the number of dendritic cells, markedly enhanced the magnitude of virus-specific CD8+ T-cell responses during acute infection and the pool of memory antipolyomavirus CD8+ T cells. These findings suggest that virus-infected dendritic cells induce polyomavirus-specific CD8+ T cells in vivo and raise the potential for their use as cellular adjuvants to promote CD8+ T cell surveillance against polyomavirus-induced tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4093-4101
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of virology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Insect Science
  • Virology


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