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Figure 1 | Immunity & Ageing

Figure 1

From: Age-related appearance of a CMV-specific high-avidity CD8+ T cell clonotype which does not occur in young adults

Figure 1

Preferential expansion of BV8 and BV13 CD8+ T cells after stimulation with CMV NLV -peptide. Cells were stimulated in vitro for 14 days with CMVNLV-peptide in the presence of IL-2 and autologous, irradiated PBMC. (A) CD8+ T cells were stained with APC-conjugated pentamers containing the CMVNLV-peptide. Representative examples are shown for one young, one middle-aged and one elderly donor directly ex vivo and after 14 days of culture. Percentages of CD8+ CMVNLV-specific T cells are indicated. (B) After 14 days of culture CMVNLV-specific T cells were further purified from the expanded cells using MACS-technology. Spectratyping was performed from PCR-products of 24 individual V beta families for 31 donors (10 young, 7 middle-aged, 14 elderly). In the right panel examples for the different clonality and intensity scores (see Methods) are shown. Clonality and intensity scores are added to obtain a total score. For each BV family the percentage of donors with a total score above 5 is shown.

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