Private aspects of heterologous immunity

  • Rehermann B
  • Shin E
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Abstract

Clinical manifestations of viral infections are highly variable, both in type and severity, among individual patients. Differences in host genetics and in dose and route of infection contribute to this variability but do not fully explain it. New studies now show that each subject's history of past infections individualizes the memory T cell pool. Private T cell receptor specificities of these preexisting memory T cell populations influence both disease severity and outcome of subsequent, unrelated virus infections.

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Authors

  • Barbara Rehermann

  • Eui-Cheol Shin

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