, Volume 58, Issue 8, pp 680–692 | Cite as

Differential TCR gene usage between WC1and WC1+ruminant γδT cell subpopulations including those responding to bacterial antigen

  • Seth L. Blumerman
  • Carolyn T. A. Herzig
  • Aric N. Rogers
  • Janice C. Telfer
  • Cynthia L. Baldwin
Original Paper


Ruminant γδ T cells are divided into subpopulations based on the presence or absence of WC1 co-receptors (scavenger-receptor-cysteine-rich family members uniquely expressed on γδ T cells). Evidence suggests WC1+ are inflammatory while WC1 are regulatory and that they also differ in their tissue distribution. Recently, this paradigm was refined further as cells that produce interferon-γ and proliferate to autologous antigens, leptospira antigens, or IL-12 were largely found within the WC1+ subpopulation that bears the WC1.1 antigenic epitope but not that bearing the WC1.2 epitope. Here, the T cell receptor gene expression by these different subpopulations (WC1, WC1.1+, and WC1.2+) was compared using flow cytometrically-purified cells and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The WC1 γδ T cells had transcripts for all 11 possible combinations of the TRG subgroup V and C genes while those in both WC1+ subpopulations were restricted to TRGV3–TRGC5 and TRGV7–TRGC5. In contrast, all three subpopulations expressed transcripts from all four known bovine TRDV genes. Further analysis of the WC1+ γδ T cells that proliferated in leptospira antigen-stimulated cultures indicated that they do not represent a unique subpopulation within the larger WC1+ population based on their TCR gene usage. Moreover, sequencing of 65 transcripts showed that their junctional regions were diverse as TRGJ5-1, TRGJ5-2, TRDJ1, and TRDJ3 were used, and CDR3s ranged from 9  to 24 amino acids. The restricted but shared γδ TCR gene usage for WC1.1+, WC1.2+, and WC1+-antigen-responsive cells leaves open the possibility that the WC1 co-receptor is an important determining element in the activation process and subsequent response.


γδ T cells γδ T cell receptor γδ T cell receptor genes WC1 Ruminant 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seth L. Blumerman
    • 1
    • 3
  • Carolyn T. A. Herzig
    • 1
  • Aric N. Rogers
    • 2
    • 4
  • Janice C. Telfer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cynthia L. Baldwin
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary and Animal SciencesUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Program in Molecular and Cellular BiologyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  3. 3.Trudeau InstituteSaranac LakeUSA
  4. 4.Buck InstituteNovatoUSA
  5. 5.Paige LaboratoryUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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