Author(s): Stelekati E, Bahri R, DOrlando O, Orinska Z, Mittrcker HW,
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Abstract The characteristics, importance, and molecular requirements for interactions between mast cells (MCs) and CD8(+) T cells have not been elucidated. Here, we demonstrated that MCs induced antigen-specific CD8(+) T cell activation and proliferation. This process required direct cell contact and MHC class I-dependent antigen cross-presentation by MCs and induced the secretion of interleukin-2, interferon-gamma, and macrophage inflammatory protein-1alpha by CD8(+) T cells. MCs regulated antigen-specific CD8(+) T cell cytotoxicity by increasing granzyme B expression and by promoting CD8(+) T cell degranulation. Because MCs also upregulated their expression of costimulatory molecules (4-1BB) and released osteopontin upon direct T cell contact, MC-T cell interactions probably are bidirectional. In vivo, adoptive transfer of antigen-pulsed MCs induced MHC class I-dependent, antigen-specific CD8(+) T cell proliferation, and MCs regulated CD8(+) T cell-specific priming in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Thus, MCs are important players in antigen-specific regulation of CD8(+) T cells.
This article was published in Immunity
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Case Reports