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Asymptomatic memory CD8+ T cells: from development and regulation to consideration for human vaccines and immunotherapeutics.

  • Author(s): Khan, Arif Azam
  • Srivastava, Ruchi
  • Lopes, Patricia Prado
  • Wang, Christine
  • Pham, Thanh T
  • Cochrane, Justin
  • Thai, Nhi Thi Uyen
  • Gutierrez, Lucas
  • Benmohamed, Lbachir
  • et al.
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Generation and maintenance of high quantity and quality memory CD8(+) T cells determine the level of protection from viral, bacterial, and parasitic re-infections, and hence constitutes a primary goal for T cell epitope-based human vaccines and immunotherapeutics. Phenotypically and functionally characterizing memory CD8(+) T cells that provide protection against herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2) infections, which cause blinding ocular herpes, genital herpes, and oro-facial herpes, is critical for better vaccine design. We have recently categorized 2 new major sub-populations of memory symptomatic and asymptomatic CD8(+) T cells based on their phenotype, protective vs. pathogenic function, and anatomical locations. In this report we are discussing a new direction in developing T cell-based human herpes vaccines and immunotherapeutics based on the emerging new concept of "symptomatic and asymptomatic memory CD8(+) T cells."

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