Archives of Virology

, Volume 163, Issue 6, pp 1577–1584 | Cite as

Involvement of CD8+ T cells in the development of renal hemorrhage in a mouse model of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome

  • Kenta Shimizu
  • Kumiko Yoshimatsu
  • Midori Taruishi
  • Yoshimi Tsuda
  • Jiro Arikawa
Original Article


Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) is caused by hantavirus infection. Although host immunity is thought to be involved in the pathogenesis of HFRS, the mechanism remains to be elucidated. A mouse model of HFRS, which showed renal hemorrhage similar to that seen in patients, has been developed previously. In this study, we aimed to clarify whether CD4+ and CD8+ T cells are involved in the development of renal hemorrhage in the mouse model. At 2 days before virus inoculation, CD4+ or CD8+ T cells in 6-week-old BALB/c mice were depleted by administration of antibodies. The CD4+ T cell-depleted mice developed signs of disease such as transient weight loss, ruffled fur and renal hemorrhage as in non-depleted mice. In contrast, the CD8+ T cell-depleted mice showed no signs of disease. After determination of CTL epitopes on the viral glycoprotein in BALB/c mice, the quantity of virus-specific CTLs was analyzed using an MHC tetramer. The quantity of virus-specific CTLs markedly increased in spleens and kidneys of virus-infected mice. However, the quantity in high-pathogenic clone-infected mice was comparable to that in low-pathogenic clone-infected mice. We previously reported that the high-pathogenic clone propagated more efficiently than the low-pathogenic clone in kidneys of mice during the course of infection. Therefore, there is a possibility that the balance between quantities of the target and effector is important for disease outcome. In conclusion, this study showed that CD8+ T cells are involved in the development of renal hemorrhage in a mouse model of HFRS.



This work was supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) KAKENHI Grant numbers 26860298 and 16K08801. We are grateful to Yumiko Tsuda in Core Research Facility, Medical and Dental Research Building, Hokkaido University for providing technical support.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical statement

All animal experiments were approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of National University Corporation Hokkaido University (13-0115).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyHokkaido University Graduate School of MedicineSapporoJapan

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