Temporal Dynamics of CD8+ T Cell Effector Responses during Primary HIV Infection.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

The loss of HIV-specific CD8+ T cell cytolytic function is a primary factor underlying progressive HIV infection, but whether HIV-specific CD8+ T cells initially possess cytolytic effector capacity, and when and why this may be lost during infection, is unclear. Here, we assessed CD8+ T cell functional evolution from primary to chronic HIV infection. We observed a profound expansion of perforin+ CD8+ T cells immediately following HIV infection that quickly waned after acute viremia resolution. Selective expression of the effector-associated transcription factors T-bet and eomesodermin in cytokine-producing HIV-specific CD8+ T cells differentiated HIV-specific from bulk memory CD8+ T cell effector expansion. As infection progressed expression of perforin was maintained in HIV-specific CD8+ T cells with high levels of T-bet, but not necessarily in the population of T-betLo HIV-specific CD8+ T cells that expand as infection progresses. Together, these data demonstrate that while HIV-specific CD8+ T cells in acute HIV infection initially possess cytolytic potential, progressive transcriptional dysregulation leads to the reduced CD8+ T cell perforin expression characteristic of chronic HIV infection.

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Cited Authors

  • Demers, KR; Makedonas, G; Buggert, M; Eller, MA; Ratcliffe, SJ; Goonetilleke, N; Li, CK; Eller, LA; Rono, K; Maganga, L; Nitayaphan, S; Kibuuka, H; Routy, J-P; Slifka, MK; Haynes, BF; McMichael, AJ; Bernard, NF; Robb, ML; Betts, MR

Published Date

  • August 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 8

Start / End Page

  • e1005805 -

PubMed ID

  • 27486665

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4972399

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1553-7374

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005805


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States