T Cells in Nonlymphoid Tissues Give Rise to Lymph-Node-Resident Memory T Cells

Immunity. 2018 Feb 20;48(2):327-338.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2018.01.015.


Immunosurveillance of secondary lymphoid organs (SLO) is performed by central memory T cells that recirculate through blood. Resident memory T (Trm) cells remain parked in nonlymphoid tissues and often stably express CD69. We recently identified Trm cells within SLO, but the origin and phenotype of these cells remains unclear. Using parabiosis of "dirty" mice, we found that CD69 expression is insufficient to infer stable residence of SLO Trm cells. Restimulation of nonlymphoid memory CD8+ T cells within the skin or mucosa resulted in a substantial increase in bona fide Trm cells specifically within draining lymph nodes. SLO Trm cells derived from emigrants from nonlymphoid tissues and shared some transcriptional and phenotypic signatures associated with nonlymphoid Trm cells. These data indicate that nonlymphoid cells can give rise to SLO Trm cells and suggest vaccination strategies by which memory CD8+ T cell immunosurveillance can be regionalized to specific lymph nodes.

Keywords: local recall immunization; non-lymphoid tissue; regionalized immunosurveillance; resident memory T cells; secondary lymphoid organs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens, CD / analysis
  • Antigens, Differentiation, T-Lymphocyte / analysis
  • CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes / immunology*
  • Female
  • Immunologic Memory / immunology*
  • Lectins, C-Type / analysis
  • Lymph Nodes / immunology*
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis / immunology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL


  • Antigens, CD
  • Antigens, Differentiation, T-Lymphocyte
  • CD69 antigen
  • Lectins, C-Type