Recognizing Complexity of CD8 T Cells in Transplantation

Transplantation. 2024 Apr 19. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000005001. Online ahead of print.


The major role of CD8+ T cells in clinical and experimental transplantation is well documented and acknowledged. Nevertheless, the precise impact of CD8+ T cells on graft tissue injury is not completely understood, thus impeding the development of specific treatment strategies. The goal of this overview is to consider the biology and functions of CD8+ T cells in the context of experimental and clinical allotransplantation, with special emphasis on how this cell subset is affected by currently available and emerging therapies.