Immunologic Research

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 133–140

Biochemical features of anergic T cells

  • Curtis C. Maier
  • Mark I. Greene

DOI: 10.1007/BF02786438

Cite this article as:
Maier, C.C. & Greene, M.I. Immunol Res (1998) 17: 133. doi:10.1007/BF02786438


T cell anergy is a functionally defined state of hyporesponsiveness in which T cells neither proliferate nor produce IL2 following subsequent TCR ligation. Recent biochemical data from in vitro studies suggest that anergic cells do not utilize all of the signaling pathways normally initiated by TCR triggering. These findings appear to hold true for T cells rendered anergic in vivo, as well; however, biochemical studies on clonal anergy in vivo have been limited by the inability to recover a homogeneous population of anergic T cells. Here we review progress on TCR mediated signaling pathways as well as the description of surface marker phenotypes specific to T cell anergy.

Key words

Anergy Tolerance Superantigen Mls-la T cell surface markers 

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© Humana Press Inc 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Curtis C. Maier
    • 1
  • Mark I. Greene
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
  2. 2.Dept. of Pathol., Div. of Immunol.Philadelphia

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