Programs for the persistence, vigilance and control of human CD8 + lung-resident memory T cells

Pleun Hombrink, Christina Helbig, Ronald A. Backer, Berber Piet, Anna E. Oja, Regina Stark, Giso Brasser, Aldo Jongejan, René E. Jonkers, Benjamin Nota, Onur Basak, Hans C. Clevers, Perry D. Moerland, Derk Amsen, René A.W. Van Lier

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Tissue-resident memory T cells (T RM cells) in the airways mediate protection against respiratory infection. We characterized T RM cells expressing integrin α E (CD103) that reside within the epithelial barrier of human lungs. These cells had specialized profiles of chemokine receptors and adhesion molecules, consistent with their unique localization. Lung T RM cells were poised for rapid responsiveness by constitutive expression of deployment-ready mRNA encoding effector molecules, but they also expressed many inhibitory regulators, suggestive of programmed restraint. A distinct set of transcription factors was active in CD103 + T RM cells, including Notch. Genetic and pharmacological experiments with mice revealed that Notch activity was required for the maintenance of CD103 + T RM cells. We have thus identified specialized programs underlying the residence, persistence, vigilance and tight control of human lung T RM cells.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)1467-1478
Aantal pagina's12
TijdschriftNature Immunology
Nummer van het tijdschrift12
StatusGepubliceerd - 1 dec. 2016
Extern gepubliceerdJa


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