Activated Vγ9Vδ2 T cells trigger granulocyte functions via MCP-2 release

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Vγ9Vδ2 T cells display a broad antimicrobial activity by directly killing infected cells and by inducing an effective adaptive immune response. The activation of Vγ9Vδ2 T cells by aminobisphosphonate drugs such as zoledronic acid (ZOL) results in a massive release of cytokines and chemokines that may induce a bystander activation of other immune cells. The aim of this work was to evaluate the ability of soluble factors released by ZOL-activated Vγ9Vδ2 T cells to induce granulocyte activation. We showed that soluble factors released by ZOL-stimulated Vγ9Vδ2 T cells activate granulocytes by inducing their chemotaxis, phagocytosis, and α-defensins release. Proteomic analysis allowed us to identify a number of cytokines and chemokines specifically released by activated Vγ9Vδ2 T cells. Moreover, MCP-2 depletion by neutralizing Ab revealed a critical role of this chemokine in induction of granulocyte α-defensins release. Altogether, these data show a Vγ9Vδ2-mediated activation of granulocytes through a bystander mechanism, and confirm the wide ability of Vγ9Vδ2 T-lymphocytes in orchestrating the immune response. In conclusion, an immune modulating strategy targeting Vγ9Vδ2 T cells may represent a key switch to induce an effective and well-coordinated immune response, and can be proposed as a way to strengthen the immune competence during infectious diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-529
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Medicine(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Activated Vγ9Vδ2 T cells trigger granulocyte functions via MCP-2 release'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this