Challenging immunodominance of influenza-specific CD8+ T cell responses restricted by the risk-associated HLA-A*68:01 allomorph

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van de Sandt, CE
Clemens, EB
Grant, EJ
Rowntree, LC
Sant, S
Halim, H
Crowe, J
Cheng, AC
Kotsimbos, TC
Richards, M
Miller, A
Tong, SYC
Rossjohn, J
Nguyen, THO
Gras, S
Chen, W
Kedzierska, K
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Although influenza viruses lead to severe illness in high-risk populations, host genetic factors associated with severe disease are largely unknown. As the HLA-A68:01 allele can be linked to severe pandemic 2009-H1N1 disease, we investigate a potential impairment of HLA-A68:01-restricted CD8+ T cells to mount robust responses. We elucidate the HLA-A68:01+CD8+ T cell response directed toward an extended influenza-derived nucleoprotein (NP) peptide and show that only ~35% individuals have immunodominant A68/NP145+CD8+ T cell responses. Dissecting A68/NP145+CD8+ T cells in low vs. medium/high responders reveals that high responding donors have A68/NP145+CD8+ memory T cells with clonally expanded TCRαβs, while low-responders display A68/NP145+CD8+ T cells with predominantly naïve phenotypes and non-expanded TCRαβs. Single-cell index sorting and TCRαβ analyses link expansion of A68/NP145+CD8+ T cells to their memory potential. Our study demonstrates the immunodominance potential of influenza-specific CD8+ T cells presented by a risk HLA-A68:01 molecule and advocates for priming CD8+ T cell compartments in HLA-A*68:01-expressing individuals for establishment of pre-existing protective memory T cell pools.

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van de Sandt, CE; Clemens, EB; Grant, EJ; Rowntree, LC; Sant, S; Halim, H; Crowe, J; Cheng, AC; Kotsimbos, TC; Richards, M; Miller, A; Tong, SYC; Rossjohn, J; Nguyen, THO; Gras, S; Chen, W; Kedzierska, K, Challenging immunodominance of influenza-specific CD8(+) T cell responses restricted by the risk-associated HLA-A*68:01 allomorph, Nature Communications, 2019, 10 (1)

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