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Phosphoantigen Burst upon Plasmodium falciparum Schizont Rupture Can Distantly Activate V gamma 9V delta 2 T Cells
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2015 (English)In: Infection and Immunity, ISSN 0019-9567, E-ISSN 1098-5522, Vol. 83, no 10, 3816-3824 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Malaria induces potent activation and expansion of the V gamma 9V delta 2 subpopulation of gamma delta T cells, which inhibit the Plasmodium falciparum blood cycle through soluble cytotoxic mediators, abrogating merozoite invasion capacity. Intraerythrocytic stages efficiently trigger V gamma 9V delta 2 T-cell activation and degranulation through poorly understood mechanisms. P. falciparum blood-stage extracts are known to contain phosphoantigens able to stimulate V gamma 9V delta 2 T cells, but how these are presented by intact infected red blood cells (iRBCs) remains elusive. Here we show that, unlike activation by phosphoantigen-expressing cells, V gamma 9V delta 2 T-cell activation by intact iRBCs is independent of butyrophilin expression by the iRBC, and contact with an intact iRBC is not required. Moreover, blood-stage culture supernatants proved to be as potent activators of V gamma 9V delta 2 T cells as iRBCs. Bioactivity in the microenvironment is attributable to phosphoantigens, as it is dependent on the parasite DOXP pathway, on V gamma 9V delta 2 TCR signaling, and on butyrophilin expression by V gamma 9V delta 2 T cells. Kinetic studies showed that the phosphoantigens were released at the end of the intraerythrocytic cycle at the time of parasite egress. We document exquisite sensitivity of V gamma 9V delta 2 T cells, which respond to a few thousand parasites. These data unravel a novel framework, whereby release of phosphoantigens into the extracellular milieu by sequestered parasites likely promotes activation of distant V gamma 9V delta 2 T cells that in turn exert remote antiparasitic functions.

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2015. Vol. 83, no 10, 3816-3824 p.
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Immunology in the medical area Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122753DOI: 10.1128/IAI.00446-15ISI: 000362492600006OAI: diva2:871735
Available from: 2015-11-16 Created: 2015-11-10 Last updated: 2015-11-16Bibliographically approved

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