Human CD3+ T lymphocytes that express neither CD4 nor CD8 antigens.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1084/jem.164.1.339
CD3+ T lymphocytes expressing neither CD4 nor CD8 antigens exist in normal human peripheral blood in low frequency (approximately 3% of lymphocytes). The CD3+,4-,8- phenotype was stably maintained after in vitro culture in IL-2. Culture of CD3+,4-,8- cells in only rIL-2 generated cytotoxic T cells that lysed NK-sensitive and NK-insensitive tumor cell targets without MHC restriction. These experiments clearly show that phenotypically and functionally competent T cells expressing neither CD4 nor CD8 are present in normal peripheral blood.