Gamma delta T lymphocyte responses to HIV

Clin Exp Immunol. 1996 Feb;103(2):177-84. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2249.1996.d01-625.x.


Natural immunity may be involved in controlling viral spread in hosts infected with HIV. A panel of gamma delta T cell receptor-positive lymphocyte clones was isolated from the peripheral blood of healthy HIV- donors and tested for anti-HIV cytotoxic responses. Twelve of 30 (40%) V gamma 9+/V delta 2+ T cell clones, but none of seven V delta 1+ T cell clones, displayed lytic activity against HIV-infected cells. The V gamma 9+/V delta 2+ clones cytotoxic for HIV-infected cells also lysed Daudi cells. However, not all V gamma 9+/V delta 2+ clones which lysed Daudi targets had the capacity to lyse HIV-infected cells. Some of the gamma delta T cell clones were also investigated for potential proliferative responses to HIV-infected cells. One V gamma 9+/V delta 2+ T cell clone (ME8-7) and one V delta 1+ T cell clone (ME18-2) demonstrated proliferative responses towards HIV-infected cells. Another V gamma 9+/V delta 2+ clone (VM39) proliferated in response to cell-free HIV. Taken together, these results provide direct evidence of anti-HIV gamma delta T cell responses in healthy, HIV- persons.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Clone Cells
  • Cytotoxicity, Immunologic*
  • HIV Infections / immunology*
  • HIV-1 / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell, gamma-delta / immunology*
  • T-Lymphocyte Subsets
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology*
  • T-Lymphocytes / virology


  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell, gamma-delta