Mechanisms of Memory T Cell Activation and Effective Immunity

  • Grégoire LauvauEmail author
  • Saïdi M’Homa Soudja
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 850)


Effective immunization induces the development of populations of robust effector lymphocytes specific for the immunizing antigens. Amongst them are cytotoxic/CD8+T lymphocytes, which few will further differentiate into long-lived memory cells persisting in the host and exhibiting improved functional characteristics. The current model is that such memory cells can confer rapid host protection upon cognate antigen-mediated activation and direct killing of infected cells. In this chapter, we discuss work from our group and others that highlight the contribution of inflammatory cytokines to memory CD8+ T cell activation and of cytolysis-independent mechanisms of host protection.


Memory T lymphocytes Monocytes Inflammation Vaccination Protective immunity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

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