Clearance of Sendai virus by CD8+ T cells requires direct targeting to virus-infected epithelium

Eur J Immunol. 1995 Jan;25(1):111-6. doi: 10.1002/eji.1830250120.


Minimal numbers of CD8+ T cells are found in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) populations recovered from Sendai virus-infected mice that are homozygous (-/-) for a beta 2-microglobulin (beta 2-m) gene disruption. The prevalence of the CD8+ set was substantially increased in the pneumonic lungs of 8-12-week radiation chimeras made using substantially class I major histocompatibility complex (MHC) glycoprotein-negative beta 2-m (-/-) recipients and normal beta 2-m (+/+) bone marrow. Even so, the CD8+ (but not the CD4+) lymphocyte counts were still much lower than in the (+/+)-->(+/+) controls. The (+/+)-->(+/+) and (+/+)-->(-/-) chimeras cleared Sendai virus and potent virus-immune CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) specific for H-2Kb+viral nucleoprotein peptide were found in the BAL from both groups. However, following in vivo depletion of the CD4+ population, only the (+/+)-->(+/+) mice were able to deal with the infection. Similarly, adoptively transferred, H-2Kb-restricted CD8+ T cells from previously-primed (+/+) mice also failed to clear virus from the lungs of (+/+)-->(-/-) chimeras infected within 2 weeks of reconstitution with bone marrow, though they were effective in the (+/+)-->(+/+) controls. Sendai virus-immune CD8+ T cells are thus unable to eliminate virus-infected beta 2-m (-/-) lung epithelial cells that might be thought to be expressing very small amounts of either isolated class I heavy chain, or class I MHC glycoprotein that has bound beta 2-m derived from beta 2-m (+/+) T cells or macrophages present in the pneumonic lung. Furthermore, the CD8+ CTL that are being exposed to beta 2-m (+/+) stimulators in the BAL population cannot operate in some bystander mode to clear virus from respiratory epithelium.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid / virology
  • CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes / immunology*
  • CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes / transplantation
  • Cytotoxicity Tests, Immunologic
  • Epithelium / immunology
  • Epithelium / virology
  • Female
  • Flow Cytometry
  • H-2 Antigens / genetics
  • Immunotherapy, Adoptive
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Inbred Strains
  • Parainfluenza Virus 1, Human / immunology*
  • Paramyxoviridae Infections / immunology*
  • Paramyxoviridae Infections / therapy
  • Radiation Chimera / immunology
  • Respiratory System / immunology*
  • Respiratory System / virology


  • H-2 Antigens