Massive CD8 T cell response to primary HIV infection in the setting of severe clinical presentation.


Journal Article

Acute HIV-1 infection causes a rapid total body depletion of CD4(+) T cells in most individuals and HIV-1-specific CD8(+) T cell expansion in response to viral replication. A numerically high CD8 T cell response may indicate limited T cell repertoire against HIV and rapid progression. We present a detailed evaluation of an acutely infected individual with a strong HIV-1-specific CD8 T cell response targeting multiple epitopes demonstrating that the upper limit of CD8 expansion in this setting may be much higher than previously reported and was likely driven by the narrow HIV-specific response.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Arnoczy, GS; Ferrari, G; Goonetilleke, N; Corrah, T; Li, H; Kuruc, J; Schmitz, JL; McGee, K; Hicks, C; Eron, JJ; Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology AI067854,

Published Date

  • August 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 789 - 792

PubMed ID

  • 22011008

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22011008

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1931-8405

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1089/AID.2011.0145


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States