Lack of Epstein-Barr virus- and HIV-specific CD27- CD8+ T cells is associated with progression to viral disease in HIV-infection.
OBJECTIVE: Despite readily detectable virus-specific CD8+ T cells in most HIV-infected patients, immune surveillance is eventually lost, leading to progression to AIDS. To investigate the underlying mechanism of this loss of immune control phenotypic analysis of HIV- and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-specific CD8+ T cells was performed. DESIGN: In three clinically distinct groups, long-term asymptomatics, progressors to opportunistic infections and progressors to EBV-associated non-Hodgkin lymphom...Expand abstract
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