Good cell, bad cell: flow cytometry reveals T-cell subsets important in HIV disease

Cytometry A. 2010 Jul;77(7):614-22. doi: 10.1002/cyto.a.20905.


Flow cytometry is a key technology in the study of HIV disease. In this article, we review various cellular markers that can be measured in the setting of pathogenesis or vaccination studies, including markers of activation, differentiation, senescence, immune suppression, and function. In addition, we discuss important considerations for making these measurements. Finally, we examine how flow cytometry studies have taught researchers about the disease process, and the potential for flow cytometry technology to guide treatment decisions and evaluate vaccine candidates in the future.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomarkers / metabolism*
  • Cellular Senescence / immunology
  • Flow Cytometry / methods*
  • Flow Cytometry / statistics & numerical data
  • HIV Infections / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Lymphocyte Activation / immunology
  • T-Lymphocyte Subsets / cytology
  • T-Lymphocyte Subsets / immunology*
  • T-Lymphocytes / cytology
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology*


  • Biomarkers