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Antigen-Specific In Vivo Killing Assay

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The in vivo killing assay allows the quantification of the antigen-specific killing capacity of Cytotoxic CD8+ T Lymphocytes (CTLs) in mice. CTLs are indeed known for the lysis of cells expressing foreign or modified antigen peptides on their MHC class I molecules. Here we describe the detailed protocol used for the in vivo specific lysis of cells expressing the H-2 Kb immunodominant CD8+ T-cell epitope of the OVA protein: an 8 amino acid peptide corresponding to the 257–264 region of OVA (SIINFEKL).

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  • Flow cytometry-based In vivo killing assay
  • Cytotoxic CD8+ T lymphocytes
  • Mouse model
  • Vaccine testing
  • Antigen-specific lysis of target cells

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This protocol was adapted from a work supported by grants from the Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer (Equipe Labellisée, 2014). N. Chaoul was supported by Conseil Regional Île-de-France/Canceropole Île-de-France and Fondation de France.

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Chaoul, N., Dadaglio, G. (2021). Antigen-Specific In Vivo Killing Assay. In: Gigante, M., Ranieri, E. (eds) Cytotoxic T-Cells. Methods in Molecular Biology, vol 2325. Humana, New York, NY.

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