The induction of virus-specific CTL as a function of increasing epitope expression: Responses rise steadily until excessively high levels of epitope are attained Academic Article uri icon


  • The role of epitope expression levels in CD8+ T cell priming has been controversial. Yet this parameter is of great importance in the design of rational approaches to optimize CTL responses to a variety of pathogens. In this paper we examine the influence of epitope production on CD8+ T cell priming by exploiting a system that allows a 200-fold range of cell surface epitope expression in vitro with a fixed dose of vaccinia virus. Our results demonstrate that, with the exception of a notable decline at the highest level of epitope, the magnitude of the responding CTL population generated in vivo following equivalent viral infections is essentially proportional to epitope density.

publication date

  • January 1, 1999