Preferential tissue localization of bovine gamma delta T cell subsets defined by anti-T cell receptor for antigen antibodies

Immunol Lett. 1998 Nov;64(1):39-44. doi: 10.1016/s0165-2478(98)00077-7.


Clonal and oligoclonal populations of gammadelta T cells, with respect to the expression of T cell receptors for antigen (Tcr), have been shown to localize in normal and inflamed tissues. The mechanisms responsible for the tissue-selective accumulation of these subsets are still not known. gammadelta T cells are the predominant T cell subset in newborn calves, making this animal a useful model to study these cells. However, molecular markers defining tissue-specific bovine ydelta T cell subsets are only now being developed. In this report, we describe three new anti-bovine gammadelta Tcr mAbs: GD3.8, GD197 and GD3.1, which provide useful tools to study these cells. GD3.8 recognized virtually all gammadelta T cells in the blood; whereas GD3.1 and GD197 recognized mutually exclusive as well as overlapping subsets. Using these three mAbs, four separate subsets of gammadelta T cells were defined: subset 1 (GD3.8+, GD3.1+, GD197-); subset 2 (GD3.8+, GD3.1-, GD197+); subset 3 (GD3.8+, GD3.1+, GD197+); and subset 4 (GD3.8+, GD3.1-, GD197-). Subset 4 constituted a minor population in the blood; however, it predominated in the spleen and, in some cases, represented a 300% increase over blood levels. The percentage of GD3.1-positive gammadelta T cells was found to be increased in experimentally inflamed lymph nodes, suggesting that subset 1 cells may be preferentially retained in or recruited to sites of inflammation. Some subset 4 cells also exhibited a decreased ability to respond to PHA. These studies demonstrate that bovine gammadelta T cell, Tcr-defined subsets, exhibit unique accumulation and activation characteristics that may provide clues to their function and regulation.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal*
  • Antibody Specificity
  • Antigens / immunology
  • Cattle
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Inflammation / immunology*
  • Lymph Nodes / immunology*
  • Lymphocyte Activation / drug effects
  • Lymphocyte Count
  • Molecular Weight
  • Phytohemagglutinins / pharmacology
  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell, gamma-delta / immunology*
  • Spleen / immunology*
  • T-Lymphocyte Subsets / drug effects
  • T-Lymphocyte Subsets / immunology*
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha / pharmacology


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antigens
  • Phytohemagglutinins
  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell, gamma-delta
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha