Use of CD137 to study the full repertoire of CD8+ T cells without the need to know epitope specificities


  • This work is based on a presentation given at the MASIR meeting 2008 in La Plagne, France.


CD137 (4-1BB) is a member of the TNFR-family with costimulatory function, triggering prosurvival signals in activated T-cells. Upregulation of CD137 upon stimulation allows identifying and isolating live, human antigen-specific CD8+ T-cells of all phenotypes, and therefore provides a comprehensive detection method. Furthermore responses against antigen mixtures can be easily detected, enabling antigen discovery in a stepwise deconvoluting approach. In this article, we will discuss various aspects of this methodology, including potential pitfalls as well as a variety of applications, as illustrated by examples from our laboratory. © 2008 International Society for Advancement of Cytometry