Immunologic Research

, Volume 29, Issue 1–3, pp 303–311 | Cite as

Identification and characterization of CD8+ suppressor T cells

  • James C. Zimring
  • Judith A. Kapp
Immunology at Emory University


It has long been appreciated that certain subsets of T cells are capable of suppressing immune reactions. Initially, such T cells were described as CD8+ suppressor T cells (Ts) and there is a vast body of research spanning 30 years that describes the immunobiology of CD8+ Ts. However, studies on CD8+ Ts have suffered from the inability to distinguish CD8+ Ts from CD8+ T cells of other phenotypes. Here we present a brief history of CD8+ Ts, a review of recent progress distinguishing CD8+ Ts as a unique subset of CD8+ T cells, and an overview of the evolving immunological context in which CD8+ Ts function.

Key Words

Suppressor T cell Tolerance Ganglioside CD75s 984 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James C. Zimring
    • 1
  • Judith A. Kapp
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PathologyEmory University School of MedicineAtlanta
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyEmory University School of MedicineAtlanta

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