Characterization of Mouse γδ T Cell Subsets in the Setting of Type-2 Immunity

  • Wanjiang Zeng
  • Rebecca L. O’Brien
  • Willi K. Born
  • Yafei Huang
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1799)


Accumulating evidence indicates that γδ T cells are a critical component of type-2 immunity. However, the role of these cells in type-2 immune responses seems to be divergent. γδ T cells are heterogeneous lymphocytes that can be further divided into TCR-Vγ/δ definable subsets. Different subsets have distinct and sometimes opposite function during immune responses. In this chapter, we describe the detailed protocol for characterization of γδ T cell subsets in a mouse model of ovalbumin (OVA)/alum-induced type-2 immunity. Our protocol includes identifying γδ T cell subsets by flow cytometry, functionally inactivating individual subsets in vivo, purifying γδ T cell subsets, and using adoptive cell transfer to explore the role of individual subsets in OVA/alum-induced IgE responses.

Key words

Type-2 immunity γδ T cells TCR-Vγ/δ Subsets OVA/alum IgE Flow cytometry Adoptive cell transfer 



This work was supported by a NFSC grant 81670825 to Y.H., NIH grants R21AI095765 and R21AI122135 to W.K.B., and NIH grant R01 EY021199 to RLO.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wanjiang Zeng
    • 1
  • Rebecca L. O’Brien
    • 2
    • 3
  • Willi K. Born
    • 2
    • 3
  • Yafei Huang
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical ResearchNational Jewish HealthDenverUSA
  3. 3.Department of Immunology and MicrobiologyUniversity of Colorado Health Sciences CenterAuroraUSA
  4. 4.Key Laboratory for Molecular Diagnosis of Hubei Province, The Central Hospital of Wuhan, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  5. 5.Joint Laboratory for Stem Cell Engineering and Technology Transfer, School of Basic Medicine, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanPeople’s Republic of China

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