T-cell receptor (TCR) transgenic mice have proven useful for the study of various immune parameters. Despite this, it has been suggested that transferred T cells respond differently to their endogenous counterparts at least in terms of conversion to antigen-experienced populations bearing memory cell markers. Here, we have compared the response of TCR transgenic T cells to endogenous populations within the context of infection with herpes simplex virus. We found that adoptive transfer at numbers approaching those of the endogenous virus-specific subset results in a response with similar kinetics, magnitude and memory subset conversion. This suggests that this form of optimized T-cell transfer remains a useful means of tracking antiviral immune responses.
- T cells
- Transgenic mice