Alterations in the phenotype of CMV-specific and total CD8+ T-cell populations in Wegener's granulomatosis.
Wegener's granulomatosis (WG) is an autoimmune disease of as yet unknown etiology. To date it has remained obscure what causes WG or determines disease progression. Case reports suggest that viral infections such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation may contribute to disease flares. In this study we found a skewing of the phenotype of CMV-specific CD8+tet(ramer)+ T-cells in WG. A marked proportion of these cells displayed a late differentiated "effector memory" T-cell phenotype with decrease...Expand abstract
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