The major CD8 T cell effector memory subset in the normal and Chlamydia trachomatis-infected human endocervix is low in perforin.

TitleThe major CD8 T cell effector memory subset in the normal and Chlamydia trachomatis-infected human endocervix is low in perforin.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsIbana JA, Myers L, Porretta C, Lewis M, Taylor SN, Martin DH, Quayle AJ
JournalBMC immunology
Volume13
Pagination66
Date Published2012
Abstract

The local tissue microenvironment plays an important role in the induction, homing, maintenance and development of effector functions of T cells. Thus, site-specific differences in phenotypes of mucosal and systemic T cell populations have been observed. Chlamydia trachomatis most commonly infects the endocervix in women, yet little is known about Chlamydia-specific effector T cell immunity at this unique mucosal site. Our previous flow-cytometry-based study of cervical-cytobrush retrieved cells indicated that CD8 T cells are significantly increased in the C. trachomatis-infected human endocervix. The cytolytic function of CD8 T cells is important in the protective immunity against many intracellular pathogens, and requires the cytolytic granule perforin to facilitate the entry of other molecules that mediate the lysis of target cells. Determination of perforin expression of the CD8 T cell population in the endocervix would therefore provide insights on the granule-mediated cytolytic potential of these cells at this site.

DOI10.1155/2013/795103
Alternate JournalBMC Immunol.