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Regulation of T cell Apoptosis during the Immune Response

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Apoptosis of T-lymphocytes is a fundamental process regulating antigen receptor repertoire selection during T cell maturation and homeostasis of the immune system. It also plays a key role in elimination of autoreactive lymphocytes. Resting mature T cells are activated by antigen to elicit an appropriate immune response. In contrast, preactivated T cells undergo activation-induced cell death (AICD) in response to TCR triggering alone. Thus, death by apoptosis is essential for function, growth and differentiation of T-lymphocytes. This review focuses on apoptosis mechanisms involved in T cell development and during the course of an immune response.
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Keywords: CD95 SIGNALING PATHWAY; DEATH RECEPTORS; Death domain; FLICE inhibitory protein; Immune Response; T cell Apoptosis; THYMOCYTE SELECTION

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2002-05-01

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