Search tips
Search criteria 


Logo of moiMediators of Inflammation
Mediators Inflamm. 2005 August 14; 2005(3): 160–166.
PMCID: PMC1526471

Inflammatory Process of CD8+CD28 T Cells in Induced Sputum From Asthmatic Patients


Previously unreported CD8+CD28 and CD8+CD28+ T-cell subsets occur in healthy individuals and expand in patients suffering from autoimmune disease. Here we studied, for the first time, the expression of CD8+CD28+, CD8+CD28, and CD8+CD56+ subpopulations in induced sputum from asthmatics. Using sputum samples, purified CD8+ T cells were stained for surface antigen CD28, CD56, FITC-conjugated anti-perforin, and anti-IFN-γ. Cytotoxic activity was evaluated in a chromium releasing test. Induced sputum CD8+CD28 T cells were found to be more expanded and expressed low levels of IFN-γ in severe asthmatics than mild asthma and age-matched healthy controls. The predominance of CD8+CD28 T cells can be in part explained by the expansion of CD8+CD56+. CD8+CD28 T cells from severe asthmatics produced high intracytoplasmic perforin and exerted a potent cytotoxic activity. Considering their phenotyping and functional properties, the CD8+CD28 T-cell subset may constitute an intermediate phenotype in the process of CD8+ T-cell differentiation of effector-type cells in severe asthmatics. Functional studies showed that CD8+CD28 T cells had cytotoxic function.


Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases, characterized by inflammation of the airways, with infiltration of lymphocytes, eosinophils, macrophages, and mast cells [1]. A critical role in the pathophysiology of asthma has been attributed to the T helper 2 lymphocytes (TH2) that promote IgE production and eosinophils activation by release of cytokines, such as interleukin (IL)-4, IL-5, IL-10, and IL-13. However, the exact mechanisms that cause this Th2 polarization remain to be elucidated [2, 3]. CD4+ T cells and their proinflammatory cytokines play a role in the allergic inflammatory process [4], but the role of CD8+ cells were often overlooked. Severe asthma involves different pathogenic pathways than mild form. Pathogenic pathways in severe asthma are considered to differ from those discussed during mild forms of asthma as the inflammatory process resists to steroids, and no usual anti-asthma treatment is efficient. We postulated that CD8 cells, particularly cytotoxic T cells, are involved in severe asthma. Human CD8+ T cells comprise cells that are in different states of differentiation and under the control of complex homeostatic process. The CD8 T-cell subset can be classified according to CD28 surface marker expression as either CD28+ or CD28, with different biological properties. The CD8+CD28+ is predominant in healthy individuals, whereas CD8+CD28 cells increase during inflammation [5] and autoimmune disease model [6, 7]. Human CD8+ T lymphocytes are largely homogenous at birth and essentially all express the CD28 receptor, but healthy adults accumulate CD8+CD28 T cells. Moreover, CD8+CD28 T cells are increased in numbers and maintained for many years by viral carrier status, viral latency, or other chronic immunostimulative conditions [8, 9]. The origin of CD28 cells has been controversial, but recent data show that they derive from their CD28+ counterparts [10]. CD8+CD28 T cells are efficient producers of a variety of cytokines [11, 12]; they express perforin and exert potent cytotoxic activity [9, 12, 13, 14]. Links between TH2 cells in asthma and NKT cells, a population of NK cells that express conventional T-cell receptor particularly CD8 , were reported [15, 16]. These data indicate new levels of complexity of interactions between CD8, CD28, CD56 markers and the activation of TH2 cells during an asthmatic response.

Therefore, in this study we asked whether there are phenotypic differences in the induced sputum CD8 cell types, including CD56 cells in asthmatic patients.

The aim of this study was to quantify the CD8+CD28, CD8+CD56+ cells in mild and severe asthmatics in comparison with a healthy control group, and to specify the level of their cytotoxic activity.



Induced sputum samples were collected from 15 successive patients with asthma (8 patients in severe asthma) (Table 1). All were outpatients in steady state, regularly followed by an asthma specialist. The severity of the disease was classified according to Gina recommendations [17]. The samples were obtained on the fixed day of the visit. A precise history of the patient was previously obtained with functional respiratory tests. The following cases were excluded: acute exacerbation of asthma, concomitant respiratory infection, other pulmonary diseases, and smokers.

Table 1
Subject's characteristics. Values are expressed as mean (SEM). (†) denotes significant differences (P < .05) compared to the same subset of mild asthmatic patients and healthy controls. Successful sputum induction was achieved ...

Ten induced sputum samples from healthy subjects (females, with a mean age of mean age 32.4 years; range 25–42 years), who had normal pulmonary radiographs and showed no clinical signs of respiratory diseases, acted as controls. Informed consent was obtained from all the patients. The study was approved by our Ethics Committee.

Sputum induction

Sputum induction and processing were realized following the method recently reported [18]. Briefly, after the inhalation of salbutamol (2 × 200 μg), subjects were asked to inhale sterile, pyrogen-free, hypertonic saline in increasing concentrations for a duration of 10 minutes. The hypertonic saline was nebulized via an ultrasonic nebulizer. Subjects were encouraged to cough throughout the procedure. Most patients were able to expectorate an adequate sample (7 mL and more) within the first 10 minutes.

Sputum processing

In order to reduce salivary contamination, plugs were selected and transferred into an Eppendorf tube. A freshly prepared 10% solution of dithiothreitol (1 mL) (DTT) was added. The tube was vortex mixed and the sputum was incubated for 5 minutes at room temperature, filtered through 52 μm nylon gauze to remove debris and mucus, and subsequently centrifuged at 450 xg for 10 minutes. The cell pellet was resuspended in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) in a volume equal to the sputum plus DTT solution volume. Total cell counting was carried out in a hemocytometer and the cell concentration was adjusted to 105 cells/mL.

In order to enrich CD8+ T cells, CD4+ T cells were depleted from induced sputum cells using magnetic beads (Dynal AS, Norway). Induced sputum samples were treated with beads directly conjugated to a monoclonal antibody (mAb) against CD4 (according to the manufacturers's recommendations) and then exposed to magnetic field. The unbound cells consistently contained less than 2% CD4+ cells compared to 30%–40% CD4+ cells in the pretreated population.

Monoclonal antibodies

Specific staining of the respective cell surface molecules was performed using FITC-conjugated anti-CD8, phycoerythrin-conjugated anti-CD28, and peridinin-chlorophyll-protein-conjugated anti-CD56. Anti-CD56 Cy-Chrome (Cy) (BD Biosciences, Franklin Lakes, NJ) was also used. For intracellular detection of perforin or IFN-γ, cells were stained for their surface antigens, CD28 and CD8, with FITC-conjugated anti-perforin, and or IFN-γ or control immunoglobulin, respectively. Monoclonal antibodies were provided from Becton Dickinson (San Diego, Calif).

Immunostaining and flow cytometry

Surface staining was performed using FITC-conjugated anti-CD8, phycoerythrin-conjugated anti-CD28, and peridinin-chlorophyll-protein-conjugated anti-CD8 or Cy-Chrome (Cy) anti-CD56 monoclonal antibodies, respectively (Becton Dickinson). Cells were simultaneously stained for 30 minutes at 4°C and, after washing with phosphate-buffered saline, fixed with 4% paraformaldehyde in phosphate-buffered saline for 60 minutes. For intracellular detection of perforin or IFN-γ, cells were stimulated with 25 ng/mL phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate and 1 μg/mL ionomycin in the presence of 10 μg/mL brefeldin A for 4 hours (Sigma, St Louis, Mo). Cells were then stained for their surface antigens CD28 and CD8 and, after permeabilization, with FITC-conjugated anti-perforin, anti-IFN-γ, or control immunoglobulin, respectively. Fixed cells were analyzed on a FACSCalibur flow cytometry (Becton Dickinson). Data were analyzed using WinMDI software.

Cytotoxicity assay

The cytotoxic activity of CD8 T-cell subsets was evaluated in an anti-CD3-redirected cytotoxicity assay [19]. Briefly 5 × 105 Fc-receptor-bearing P815 target cells were labeled with 50 μCi of Na 51CrO4 for 2 hours at 37°C. Cells were then washed three times and incubated for 30 minutes at 4°C in the presence or the absence of 2 μg of anti-CD3 mAb. Gated and sorted CD28 cells were incubated for 4 hours at 37°C with 5 × 103 P815 target cells at E:T ratios ranging between 5:1 and 25:1. Supernatants were then collected and counted. Specific cytotoxicity was calculated as follows: cpm of experimental release − cpm of spontaneous release / cpm of maximum release − cpm of spontaneous release × 100. The SE of the mean percentage lysis never exceeded 7%.

Statistical analysis

The Mann-Whitney test, the two-sided Pearson test, and regression analysis by ANOVA were performed using the SPSS program, version 10.0 (Chicago, Ill). Bonferroni adjustment was performed in case of multiple testing. Significance was defined as P < .05.


Prevalence of CD8 +CD28 T cells in severe asthmatic patients

The clinical characteristics and sputum cell counts were as shown in Table 1. There were significant differences in the total cell count of the sputum cells between patients with mild asthma and patients with severe asthma when compared to healthy controls. Significant differences were observed in the percentages of eosinophils and lymphocytes between severe asthmatics and mild asthmatics (P < .001).

The presence of CD8+ T lymphocytes was evaluated in sputum samples from asthmatics and healthy individuals after staining with a CD28 mAbs, which revealed two subsets of CD8+ T lymphocytes: CD8+CD28+ and CD8+CD28 subsets, as shown in Table 2. In healthy individuals, the CD8+CD28+ subset prevailed over the CD8+CD28 subset. In severe asthmatics, we observed a significant increase of CD8+CD28 cells, compared to healthy subjects and mild asthmatics. This increase of CD8+CD28 cells in severe asthma is paralleled by a decrease of the CD8+CD28+ subset. In mild asthma, CD8+CD28 and CD8+CD28+ subsets population were expressed at similar levels.

Table 2
CD28 and CD56 expression on CD8+ T lymphocytes obtained from healthy controls and patients suffering from mild and severe asthma. Values are expressed as mean ± SD. (†) denotes significant differences (P < .01) compared to the ...

The proportions of CD8+CD56+ cells in the induced sputum cells of patients with severe asthma were higher compared to mild asthma and healthy controls (Table 2). In terms of the relationship between CD8+CD28 and CD8+CD56+ subsets, analyzed by Pearson's method, CD8+CD28 cells were correlated significantly with CD8+CD56+ cells (r = 0.748, P = .0034) (Figure 1).

Figure 1
Relationship between CD8+CD28 and CD8+CD56+ cells in induced sputum cells of severe asthmatics. Significant positive correlation (r = 0.748, P = .0034) was observed between CD8+CD28 cells and CD8+CD56+ cells by Pearson's method.

Perforin and interferon-γ production by CD8+CD28 T cells

For functional characterization of CD8+CD28 sputum T cells, the frequency of perforin and IFN-γ positive cells were studied. In healthy controls, perforin production was more frequent in CD8+CD28 T cells (36.6% ± 8.3%) than in CD8+CD28+ T-cell counterparts (5.76% ± 2.6%) (Figure 2a). Perforin production was more important in CD8+CD28 T cells of severe asthmatics (59.2.5% ± 8.5%) (Figure 3) compared to mild asthmatics (39.8 ± 12.3%) and healthy controls. CD8+CD28+ T cells from mild, severe asthmatics and healthy controls expressed similar perforin levels.

Figure 2Figure 2
Intracellular production of perforin in CD8+CD28 and CD8+CD28+ cells. Induced sputum cells of asthmatics and healthy controls (HC) were stimulated with phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate and ionomycin in the presence of brefeldin A. Cells were stained ...
Figure 3
CD8+CD28 T lymphocytes perforin expression from a patient with severe asthma. Cells were permeabilized and stained for intracellular perforin. The histogram shows the intracellular protein after staining with anti-perforin-PE (―), and ...

In severe asthmatics, the frequency of CD8+CD28 T cells producing IFN-γ is lower than what is observed in healthy controls and mild asthmatics (P < .001) (Figure 2b). Mild asthmatics and healthy control CD8+CD28 T cells and CD8+CD28+ T cells expressed similar IFN-γ levels. However, severe asthmatics expressed a significantly decreased percentage of cells positive for intracytoplasmic IFN-γ.

Cytotoxic activity

CD8+CD28+ and CD8+CD28 T cells from 5 severe asthmatics, 4 mild asthmatics, and 4 healthy controls were investigated for their cytotoxic activity against the mouse cell line P815 as a nonspecific target in a CD3-restricted cytotoxicity assay (Figure 4)

Figure 4
Cytotoxic activity of CD8+ T-cell subpopulations. Purified CD8+ T-cell subsets were directly analyzed for cytotoxicity against P815 target cells in the presence of anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody in a 4-hour 51Cr release assay, in 4 healthy controls, 5 mild ...

CD8+CD28 T cells from severe asthmatics exhibited efficient cytotoxic responses (30% ± 4%, 20% ± 6%, and 17% ± 5%) at different E:T ratios (25:1, 10:1, and 5:1), whereas CD8+CD28+ T cells lysed target cells at lower levels (12% ± 6%, 10% ± 2%, and 5% ± 3%) at the same E:T ratios (P < .001). In healthy controls and in mild asthmatics, CD8+CD28 T cells, cytotoxicity was low (healthy controls: 17% ± 9%, 12% ± 5%, 8% ± 2%; mild asthmatics: 15% ± 4%, 8% ± 5%, and 6% ± 4%) when compared to severe asthmatics CD8+CD28 T cells (P < .001), at all E:T ratios (25:1, 10:1, and 5:1). In healthy controls and mild asthma, CD8+CD28+ T cells were unable to efficiently lyse target cells (healthy controls: 3.5%; mild asthmatics: 4% at 25:1 ratio).


Our data clearly show the presence of two CD8+ T-cell subsets in induced sputum from both healthy controls and asthmatic patients, and particularly the enlargement of the CD8+CD28 T-cell subset in severe asthma; they expressed low IFN-γ production. Intracytoplasmic perforin is highly increased in CD8+CD28 T cells from severe asthmatics. This increased perforin expression is associated with high CD8+CD28 cytotoxic activity in severe asthmatics. According to these results, we can speculate that effector cytotoxic function of CD8+ T cells reside in the subpopulation lacking CD28 expression. Previous studies have shown that most healthy elderly humans harbor clonal CD8+ T-cell expansions in their peripheral blood [20]. Chamberlain et al [21] reported that loss of CD28 expression marks functional differentiation to cytotoxic memory cells [22]. Some studies have also shown that polyclonal CD8+CD28 T cells found in the peripheral blood have significantly shorter telomeres than CD8+CD28+ population, suggesting replicative senescence [23], with more resistance to apoptosis [24] and increased expression of BCL2 [25]. Patients with acute exacerbation of asthma were characterized by increased expression of BCL2 proto-oncogene in induced sputum lymphocytes from asthmatics [26].

Reports indicated that circulating CD8+CD28 T cells are increased in various infectious diseases [27], in patients with autoimmune diseases [6], and in animal autoimmune model [7]. It has been reported that inflammation during an asthma exacerbation is more reminiscent of an antiviral response than an eosinophil-predominant response to allergen. This implies an independent role of airway T cells in mediating asthma flares and in determining glucocorticoid efficacy in the treatment of this disease [28].

An imbalance of T-cell subsets in asthma with a predominance of TH2 type cells has been characterized [1]. Production of IFN-γ has been reported to be reduced in patients with asthma [29], particularly in CD8+ T cells [30]. However, antagonist results were reported [1], where IFN-γ-producing T cells are more abundant in the airways of asthmatics, and the proinflammatory activities of IFN-γ may play an important role in the pathogenesis of childhood asthma and may suggest that asthma is not simply a TH2-driven response. Our result reported a decreased IFN-γ in severe asthma-producing CD8+CD28 T cells. This suggests a real imbalance of TH1/TH2 cytokine-producing cells in asthma, which linked asthma to a chronic T-cell-mediated bronchial inflammation.

Because little is known about the physiologic role and the putative cytotoxic functions in asthma, we studied perforin production in CD8+CD28 T cells. Perforin production was found increased in CD8+CD28 T cells in severe asthmatics. Increased perforin expression has been reported by other authors in peripheral blood of asthmatics [31] and in patients with COPD [32]. Increased perforin expression has been reported in several other chronic inflammatory disorders with autoimmune phenomena such as multiple sclerosis [33, 34], Takayasu arteritis [35], or autoimmune thyroid disease [36], which is localized to CD4+, CD8+, CD16+ γδ T cells or NK cells. Recently we have reported increased γδ T-cell expression in induced sputum asthmatics, which mediated a potent natural killer cytotoxic activity [18]. CD8+CD28 T cells have been reported to be effector cells, producing perforin, granzyme B, tumor necrosis factor-α, and IFN-γ [14]. CD28 T cells derive from their CD28+ T-cell counterparts [37, 38]. In our asthmatic patients, CD28 T cells produced high levels of perforin-mediated cytotoxicity, inversely correlated to IFN-γ production. We assumed that the functional differentiation of CD8+ T cells in severe asthmatics into mature effector cells, with the disappearance of CD28 makes them able to adhere to human microvascular endothelial cells as reported by Fiorentuni et al [27]. CD8+CD28 T cells contain clonally expanded cytotoxic T cells for unknown antigen specificity [7] and act as suppressor cells on antigen-presenting cells, inhibiting their ability to elicit T helper cell activation and proliferation [39]. The role of CD8+CD28 T cells in asthmatics is still unclear. Some recent publications have shed light on some of the key processes controlling CD8+ cells, TH2 cytokines, and NKT cells [15]. CD8+CD56+ cells was the predominant subtype in severe asthmatics. A significant correlation was found between CD8+CD28 cells and CD8+CD56+ cells in severe asthmatics. NKT cells are heterogeneous T-cell populations that are characterized by the coexpression of TCRs and various NK receptors, including CD16, CD56, CD161, CD94, CD158a, and CD158b [40]. More investigations were needed to define NKT cells in asthmatics. Umetsu et al [16] bear on the driving roles of NKT cells and T cells in asthma. In asthmatic patients, occurrence of CD8+CD28 T cells seemed to be independent of prior viral infection, as our patients were in steady state. A recent study highlights the relationship between the functional activities of lymphocytes and their migration properties. Cells migrating to lymph nodes lack inflammatory and cytotoxic functions, whereas cells migrating to peripheral tissues are endowed with various effector functions [41]. Inflammation is present in the lungs of asthmatics despite treatment, but the inflammation in severe asthma may be distinct from the inflammation seen in mild asthma. These findings are not without limitations, including overlap among the groups and the unclear relationship to type and severity of disease [42]. The mechanisms associated with the development of severe asthma are poorly understood, but likely heterogenous. It was hypothesized that severe asthma could be divided pathologically into two inflammatory groups based on the presence or absence of eosinophils and that the inflammatory subtype would be associated with distinct structural, physiologic, and clinical characteristics [43].

The immunologic mechanisms reported are specific with the development of severe asthma. Severe asthmatics were characterized by a large expression of CD8+CD56+ cells and CD8+CD28 cells. Functional studies showed that CD8+CD28 T cells had a cytotoxic function.

However, more work is required to describe the relationship between: (i) CD8+CD28 T cells and CD8+CD56+ cells, (ii) CD8+CD28 T cells and NKT cells.


This work was supported by research grants of Serétariat d'Etat à la Recherche Scientifique of Tunisia.


1. Brown V, Warke TJ, Shields MD, Ennis M. T cell cytokine profiles in childhood asthma. Thorax. 2003;58(4):311–316. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
2. Hagendorens MM, Ebo DG, Bridts CH, De Clerck LS, Stevens WJ. Flow cytometrical determination of regulatory cytokines (IL-10, IL-12) and circulating dendritic cell cytokines in allergic asthmatic children. Cytokine. 2004;26(2):82–88. [PubMed]
3. Tomita K, Lim S, Hanazawa T, et al. Attenuated production of intracellular IL-10 and IL-12 in monocytes from patients with severe asthma. Clin Immunol. 2002;102(3):258–266. [PubMed]
4. Li N, Hao M, Phalen RF, Hinds WC, Nel AE. Particulate air pollutants and asthma. A paradigm for the role of oxidative stress in PM-induced adverse health effects. Clin Immunol. 2003;109(3):250–265. [PubMed]
5. Gaur A, Ruberti G, Haspel R, Mayer JP, Fathman CG. Requirement for CD8+ cells in T cell receptor peptide-induced clonal unresponsiveness. Science. 1993;259(5091):91–94. [PubMed]
6. Schirmer M, Goldberger C, Würzner R, et al. Circulating cytotoxic CD8(+) CD28(−) T cells in ankylosing spondylitis. Arthritis Res. 2002;4(1):71–76. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
7. Najafian N, Chitnis T, Salama AD, et al. Regulatory functions of CD8+CD28 T cells in an autoimmune disease model. J Clin Invest. 2003;112(7):1037–1048. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
8. Laux I, Khoshnan A, Tindell C, et al. Response differences between humanCD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells during CD28 costimulation: implications for immune cell-based therapies and studies related to the expansion of double-positive T-cells during aging. Clin Immunol. 2000;96(3):187–197. [PubMed]
9. Mollet L, Sadat-Sowti B, Duntze J, et al. CD8hi+CD57+ T lymphocytes are enriched in antigen-specific T cells capable of down-modulating cytotoxic activity. Int Immunol. 1998;10(3):311–323. [PubMed]
10. Fiorentini S, Malacarne F, Ricotta D, et al. Generation of CD28 cells from long-term-stimulated CD8+CD28+ T cells: a possible mechanism accounting for the increased number of CD8+CD28 T cells in HIV-1-infected patients. J Leukoc Biol. 1999;65(5):641–648. [PubMed]
11. d'Angeac AD, Monier S, Pilling D, Travaglio-Encinoza A, Rème T, Salmon M. CD57+ T lymphocytes are derived from CD57 precursors by differentiation occurring in late immune responses. Eur J Immunol. 1994;24(7):1503–1511. [PubMed]
12. Hebib C, Leroy E, Rouleau M, et al. Pattern of cytokine expression in circulation CD57+ T cells from long-term renal allograft recipients. Transpl Immunol. 1998;6(1):39–47. [PubMed]
13. Fiorentino S, Dalod M, Olive D, Guillet JG, Gomard E. Predominant involvement of CD8+CD28 lymphocytes in human immunodeficiency virus-specific cytotoxic activity. J Virol. 1996;70(3):2022–2026. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
14. Azuma M, Phillips JH, Lanier LL. CD28 T lymphocytes. Antigenic and functional properties. J Immunol. 1993;150(4):1147–1159. [PubMed]
15. Boyton RJ, Altmann DM. Asthma: new developments in cytokine regulation. Clin Exp Immunol. 2004;136(1):13–14. [PubMed]
16. Umetsu W, McIntire JJ, Akbari O, Macaubas C, DeKruyff RH. Asthma: an epidemic of dysregulated immunity. Nat Immunol. 2002;3(8):715–720. [PubMed]
17. NHBLI/WHO National Institutes of Health Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention. Bethesda, Md: NHLBI/WHO National Institutes of Health; 1995. Workshop report 95-3659.
18. Hamzaoui A, Kahan A, Ayed K, Hamzaoui K. T cells expressing the γδ receptor are essential for Th2-mediated inflammation in patients with acute exacerbation of asthma. Mediators Inflamm. 2002;11(2):113–119. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
19. Phillips JH, Lanier LL. Dissection of the lymphokine-activated killer phenomenon. Relative contribution of peripheral blood natural killer cells and T lymphocytes to cytolysis. J Exp Med. 1986;164(3):814–825. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
20. Ricalton NS, Roberton C, Norris JM, Rewers M, Hamman RF, Kotzin BL. Prevalence of CD8+ T-cell expansions in relation to age in healthy individuals. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 1998;53(3):B196–B203. [PubMed]
21. Chamberlain WD, Falta MT, Kotzin BL. Functional subsets within clonally expanded CD8(+) memory T cells in elderly humans. Clin Immunol. 2000;94(3):160–172. [PubMed]
22. Weekes MP, Carmichael AJ, Wills MR, Mynard K, Sissons JG. Human CD28CD8+ T cells contain greatly expanded functional virus-specific memory CTL clones. J Immunol. 1999;162(12):7569–7577. [PubMed]
23. Monteiro J, Batliwalla F, Ostrer H, Gregersen PK. Shortened telomeres in clonally expanded CD28CD8+ T cells imply a replicative history that is distinct from their CD28+CD8+ counterparts. J Immunol. 1996;156(10):3587–3590. [PubMed]
24. Posnett DN, Edinger JW, Manavalan JS, Irwin C, Marodon G. Differentiation of human CD8 T cells: implications for in vivo persistence of CD8+ CD28 cytotoxic effector clones. Int Immunol. 1999;11(2):229–241. [PubMed]
25. Schirmer M, Vallejo AN, Weyand CM, Goronzy JJ. Resistance to apoptosis and elevated expression of Bcl-2 in clonally expanded CD4+CD28 T cells from rheumatoid arthritis patients. J Immunol. 1998;161(2):1018–1025. [PubMed]
26. Hamzaoui A, Hamzaoui K, Salah H, Chabbou A. Lymphocytes apoptosis in patients with acute exacerbation of asthma. Mediators Inflamm. 1999;8(4-5):237–243. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
27. Fiorentini S, Licenziati S, Alessandri G, et al. CD11b expression identifies CD8+CD28+ T lymphocytes with phenotype and function of both naive/memory and effector cells. J Immunol. 2001;166(2):900–907. [PubMed]
28. Castro M, Bloch SR, Jenkerson MV, et al. Asthma exacerbations after glucocorticoid withdrawal reflects T cell recruitment to the airway. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2004;169(7):842–849. [PubMed]
29. Renzi PM, Turgeon JP, Marcotte JE, et al. Reduced interferon-γ production in infants with bronchiolitis and asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1999;159(pt 1):1417–1422. [PubMed]
30. Grob M, Schmid-Grendelmeier P, Joller-Jemelka HI, et al. Altered intracellular expression of the chemokines MIP-1alpha, MIP-1beta and IL-8 by peripheral blood CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in mild allergic asthma. Allergy. 2003;58(3):239–245. [PubMed]
31. Arnold V, Balkow S, Staats R, Matthys H, Luttmann W, Virchow JC., Jr Increase in perforin-positive peripheral blood lymphocytes in extrinsic and intrinsic asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2000;161(1):182–186. [PubMed]
32. Chrysofakis G, Tzanakis N, Kyriakoy D, et al. Perforin expression and cytotoxic activity of sputum CD8+ lymphocytes in patients with COPD. Chest. 2004;125(1):71–76. [PubMed]
33. Rubesa G, Podack ER, Sepcic J, Rukavina D. Increased perforin expression in multiple sclerosis patients during exacerbation of disease in peripheral blood lymphocytes. J Neuroimmunol. 1997;74(1-2):198–204. [PubMed]
34. Matusevicius D, Kivisakk P, Navikas V, Soderstrom M, Fredrikson S, Link H. Interleukin-12 and perforin mRNA expression is augmented in blood mononuclear cells in multiple sclerosis. Scand J Immunol. 1998;47(6):582–590. [PubMed]
35. Seko Y, Minota S, Kawasaki A, et al. Perforin-secreting killer cell infiltration and expression of a 65-KD heat-shock protein in aortic tissue of patients with Takayasu's arteritis. J Clin Invest. 1994;93(2):750–758. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
36. Wu Z, Podack ER, McKenzie JM, Olsen KJ, Zakarija M. Perforin expression by thyroid-infiltrating T cells in autoimmune thyroid disease. Clin Exp Immunol. 1994;98(3):470–477. [PubMed]
37. Labalette M, Leteurtre E, Thumerelle C, Grutzmacher C, Tourvieille B, Dessaint JP. Peripheral human CD8(+)CD28(+) T lymphocytes give rise to CD28(−) progeny, but IL-4 prevents loss of CD28 expression. Int Immunol. 1999;11(8):1327–1336. [PubMed]
38. Fagnoni FF, Vescovini R, Mazzola M, et al. Expansion of cytotoxic CD8+ CD28 T cells in healthy ageing people, including centenarians. Immunology. 1996;88(4):501–507. [PubMed]
39. Li J, Liu Z, Jiang S, Cortesini R, Lederman S, Suciu-Foca N. T suppressor lymphocytes inhibit NF-kappa B-mediated transcription of CD86 gene in APC. J Immunol. 1999;163(12):6386–6392. [PubMed]
40. Godfrey DI, Hammond KJ, Poulton LD, Smyth MJ, Baxter AG. NKT cells: facts, functions and fallacies. Immunol Today. 2000;21(11):573–583. [PubMed]
41. Kubo M, Hanada T, Yoshimura A. Suppressors of cytokine signalingand immunity. Nat Immunol. 2003;4(12):1169–1176. [PubMed]
42. Sallusto F, Lenig D, Forster R, Lipp M, Lanzavecchia A. Two subsets of memory T lymphocytes with distinct homing potentials and effector functions. Nature. 1999;401(6754):708–712. [PubMed]
43. Wenzel SE, Schwartz LB, Langmack EL. Evidence that severe asthma can be divided pathologically into two inflammatory subtypes with distinct physiologic and clinical characteristics. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1999;160(3):1001–1008. [PubMed]

Articles from Mediators of Inflammation are provided here courtesy of Hindawi