IFN-γ-producing γδ T cells help control murine West Nile virus infection

Tian Wang, Eileen Scully, Zhinan Yin, Jung H. Kim, Sha Wang, Jun Yan, Mark Mamula, John F. Anderson, Joe Craft, Erol Fikrig

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West Nile (WN) virus causes fatal meningoencephalitis in laboratory mice, thereby partially mimicking human disease. Using this model, we have demonstrated that mice deficient in γδ T cells are more susceptible to WN virus infection. TCRδ-/- mice have elevated viral loads and greater dissemination of the pathogen to the CNS. In wild-type mice, γδ T cells expanded significantly during WN virus infection, produced IFN-γ in ex vivo assays, and enhanced perforin expression by splenic T cells. Adoptive transfer of γδ T cells to TCRδ -/- mice reduced the susceptibility of these mice to WN virus, and this effect was primarily due to IFN-γ-producing γδ T cells. These data demonstrate a distinct role for γδ T cells in the control of and prevention of mortality from murine WN virus infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2524-2531
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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Wang, T., Scully, E., Yin, Z., Kim, J. H., Wang, S., Yan, J., Mamula, M., Anderson, J. F., Craft, J., & Fikrig, E. (2003). IFN-γ-producing γδ T cells help control murine West Nile virus infection. Journal of Immunology, 171(5), 2524-2531.