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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 110, No. 5, 2015, pp. 596-605
Bioline Code: oc15080
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 110, No. 5, 2015, pp. 596-605

 en T-cell receptor Vβ repertoire of CD8+ T-lymphocyte subpopulations in cutaneous leishmaniasis patients from the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ferraz, Raquel; Cunha, Clarissa Ferreira; Pimentel, Maria Inês; Lyra, Marcelo Rosandiski; Schubach, Armando Oliveira; de Mendonça, Sérgio Coutinho Furtado; Da-Cruz, Alda Maria & Bertho, Alvaro Luiz


In human cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL), the immune response is mainly mediated by T-cells. The role of CD8+ T-lymphocytes, which are related to healing or deleterious functions, in affecting clinical outcome is controversial. The aim of this study was to evaluate T-cell receptor diversity in late-differentiated effector (LDE) and memory CD8+ T-cell subsets in order to create a profile of specific clones engaged in deleterious or protective CL immune responses. Healthy subjects, patients with active disease (PAD) and clinically cured patients were enrolled in the study. Total CD8+ T-lymphocytes showed a disturbance in the expression of the Vβ2, Vβ9, Vβ13.2, Vβ18 and Vβ23 families. The analyses of CD8+ T-lymphocyte subsets showed high frequencies of LDE CD8+ T-lymphocytes expressing Vβ12 and Vβ22 in PAD, as well as effector-memory CD8+ T-cells expressing Vβ22. We also observed low frequencies of effector and central-memory CD8+ T-cells expressing Vβ2 in PAD, which correlated with a greater lesion size. Particular Vβ expansions point to CD8+ T-cell clones that are selected during CL immune responses, suggesting that CD8+ T-lymphocytes expressing Vβ12 or Vβ22 are involved in a LDE response and that Vβ2 contractions in memory CD8+ T-cells are associated with larger lesions.

Vβ repertoire; human cutaneous leishmaniasis; flow cytometry; CD8+ T-lymphocyte; TCR; Leishmania braziliensis

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