Traffic of L-selectin-negative T cells to sites of inflammation

Eur J Immunol. 2000 Jan;30(1):98-107. doi: 10.1002/1521-4141(200001)30:1<98::AID-IMMU98>3.0.CO;2-#.


T cells responding to antigen in vivo down-regulate L-selectin, the lymph node homing receptor, as they develop into activated effector cells. The concomitant up-regulation of the proinflammatory adhesion molecules LFA-1, CD44, and VLA-4 suggests that, after their release into the circulation, they traffic to sites of antigen deposition and inflammation. Previous evidence, however, has suggested a role for L-selectin in the recruitment of both neutrophils and lymphocytes into sites of inflammation, which would indicate that these L-selectin(-) effector cells could not be the precursors of inflammatory cells. We therefore directly tested whether L-selectin(-) T cells activated in vivo are capable of homing to model inflammatory sites. L-selectin(-) cells isolated from mice primed with alloantigen or with a contact sensitizer migrated to inflammation markedly better than L-selectin(+) cells from the same animals. Furthermore, the analogous population of CD44(hi)integrin(hi) cells from intravenously primed L-selectin knockout mice traffic efficiently to inflammatory sites and reject allogeneic skin grafts with normal kinetics. These data demonstrate that the previously described L-selectin(-) population of T cells that differentiate into effectors in spleen and lymph nodes subsequently traffic to inflammatory sites, due in part to their increased expression of other proinflammatory adhesion molecules.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Movement
  • Graft Rejection
  • Hyaluronan Receptors / physiology
  • Inflammation / immunology*
  • L-Selectin / physiology*
  • Lymphocyte Activation
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Skin Transplantation
  • T-Lymphocytes / physiology*
  • Transplantation, Homologous


  • Hyaluronan Receptors
  • L-Selectin