Cytotoxic CD8 T cells play important roles in eliminating infected and transformed cells. Owing to their potential for therapeutic applications, significant efforts are dedicated toward developing CD8 T cell-based vaccines. Thus far, CD8 T-cell vaccination strategies have had limited success therapeutically in contrast to those targeting antibody-based immunity. However, if the current challenges and gaps in the understanding of T-cell biology are overcome, the full potential of rational CD8 T-cell vaccine design might be realized. Here, we review recent progress in this direction, focusing on target selection and maintenance of function in the settings of chronic infections and cancers.
Recommended CitationCosma, Gabriela L. and Eisenlohr, Laurence, "CD8+ T-cell responses in vaccination: Reconsidering targets and function in the context of chronic antigen stimulation" (2018). Department of Microbiology and Immunology Faculty Papers. Paper 93.
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