Non-equivalent antigen presenting capabilities of dendritic cells and macrophages in generating brain-infiltrating CD8 + T cell responses

Courtney S. Malo, Matthew A. Huggins, Emma N. Goddery, Heather M.A. Tolcher, Danielle N. Renner, Fang Jin, Michael J. Hansen, Larry R Pease, Kevin D. Pavelko, Aaron J. Johnson

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The contribution of antigen-presenting cell (APC) types in generating CD8+ T cell responses in the central nervous system (CNS) is not fully defined, limiting the development of vaccines and understanding of immune-mediated neuropathology. Here, we generate a transgenic mouse that enables cell-specific deletion of the H-2Kb MHC class I molecule. By deleting H-2Kb on dendritic cells and macrophages, we compare the effect of each APC in three distinct models of neuroinflammation: picornavirus infection, experimental cerebral malaria, and a syngeneic glioma. Dendritic cells and macrophages both activate CD8+ T cell responses in response to these CNS immunological challenges. However, the extent to which each of these APCs contributes to CD8+ T cell priming varies. These findings reveal distinct functions for dendritic cells and macrophages in generating CD8+ T cell responses to neurological disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number633
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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