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Screening for T cell-eliciting proteins of Japanese encephalitis virus in a healthy JE-endemic human cohort using recombinant baculovirus-infected insect cell preparations

Kumar, P and Uchil, PD and Sulochana, P and Nirmala, G and Chandrashekar, R and Haridattatreya, M and Satchidanandam, V (2003) Screening for T cell-eliciting proteins of Japanese encephalitis virus in a healthy JE-endemic human cohort using recombinant baculovirus-infected insect cell preparations. In: Archives of Virology, 148 (8). pp. 1569-1591.

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Abstract

The analysis of cell-mediated immune responses in virus-exposed but healthy individuals may contribute to define the features of the T cell response associated with resistance. We report, for the first time, on adaptive T cell responses to 5 largest of the 10 proteins that together constitute 76% of the coding potential of the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) genome in a naturally exposed healthy JE-immune human cohort. Fixed and sonified whole cell preparations of insect cells individually expressing recombinant prM, E, NS1, NS3 and NS5 proteins of JEV were used in vitro to stimulate lymphocytes from individuals who had experienced subclinical JEV infections. NS3-specific memory T cells were detected in up to 86% of the JEV-infected cohort whereas prM, E and NS1 each elicited reactions in approximately 45% among individuals tested, suggesting that NS3 is an important target for JEV-specific cell-mediated immune responses. Responses to NS5, the largest viral protein were in contrast the poorest, seen in only 13% of the cohort. Moreover, NS3 stimulated interferon- production in both $CD4^+$ and $CD8^+$ T cells indicating that a Th1 immune response to the NS3 protein may be a critical determinant of immune control of JEV infection.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Microbiology & Cell Biology
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:41
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/12635

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