Functional classification of memory CD8 + T cells by CX 3 CR1 expression

Jan P. Böttcher, Marc Beyer, Felix Meissner, Zeinab Abdullah, Jil Sander, Bastian Höchst, Sarah Eickhoff, Jan C. Rieckmann, Caroline Russo, Tanja Bauer, Tobias Flecken, Dominik Giesen, Daniel Engel, Steffen Jung, Dirk H. Busch, Ulrike Protzer, Robert Thimme, Matthias Mann, Christian Kurts, Joachim L. SchultzeWolfgang Kastenmüller, Percy A. Knolle

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Localization of memory CD8+ T cells to lymphoid or peripheral tissues is believed to correlate with proliferative capacity or effector function. Here we demonstrate that the fractalkine-receptor/CX 3 CR1 distinguishes memory CD8+ T cells with cytotoxic effector function from those with proliferative capacity, independent of tissue-homing properties. CX3 CR1-based transcriptome and proteome-profiling defines a core signature of memory CD8+ T cells with effector function. We find CD62L hi CX3 CR1+ memory T cells that reside within lymph nodes. This population shows distinct migration patterns and positioning in proximity to pathogen entry sites. Virus-specific CX3CR1+ memory CD8+ T cells are scarce during chronic infection in humans and mice but increase when infection is controlled spontaneously or by therapeutic intervention. This CX3 CR1-based functional classification will help to resolve the principles of protective CD8+ T-cell memory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8306
JournalNature Communications
StatePublished - 25 Sep 2015


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