The human Vδ2+ T-cell compartment comprises distinct innate-like Vγ9+ and adaptive Vγ9- subsets

Martin S. Davey, Carrie R. Willcox, Stuart Hunter, Sofya A. Kasatskaya, Ester B.M. Remmerswaal, Mahboob Salim, Fiyaz Mohammed, Frederike J. Bemelman, Dmitriy M. Chudakov, Ye H. Oo, Benjamin E. Willcox

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    Vδ2+ T cells form the predominant human γδ T-cell population in peripheral blood and mediate T-cell receptor (TCR)-dependent anti-microbial and anti-Tumour immunity. Here we show that the Vδ2+ compartment comprises both innate-like and adaptive subsets. Vγ9+ Vδ2+ T cells display semi-invariant TCR repertoires, featuring public Vγ9 TCR sequences equivalent in cord and adult blood. By contrast, we also identify a separate, Vγ9- Vδ2+ T-cell subset that typically has a CD27hiCCR7+CD28+IL-7Rα+ naive-like phenotype and a diverse TCR repertoire, however in response to viral infection, undergoes clonal expansion and differentiation to a CD27loCD45RA+CX3CR1+granzymeA/B+ effector phenotype. Consistent with a function in solid tissue immunosurveillance, we detect human intrahepatic Vγ9- Vδ2+ T cells featuring dominant clonal expansions and an effector phenotype. These findings redefine human γδ T-cell subsets by delineating the Vδ2+ T-cell compartment into innate-like (Vγ9+) and adaptive (Vγ9-) subsets, which have distinct functions in microbial immunosurveillance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1760
    JournalNature Communications
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


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