A tissue-like platform for studying engineered quiescent human T-cells' interactions with dendritic cells.
Abu Shah E., Demetriou P., Bálint Š., Mayya V., Kutuzov MA., Dushek O., Dustin ML.
Research in the field of human immunology is restricted by the lack of a system that reconstitutes the in-situ activation dynamics of quiescent human antigen-specific T-cells interacting with dendritic cells. Here we report a tissue-like system that recapitulates the dynamics of engineered primary human immune cell. Our approach facilitates real-time single cell manipulations, tracking of interactions and functional responses complemented by population-based measurements of cytokines, activation status and proliferation. As a proof of concept, we recapitulate immunological phenomenon such as CD4 help to CD8 T-cells through enhanced maturation of DCs and effect of PD-1 checkpoint blockades. In addition, we characterise unique dynamics of T-cell/DC interactions as a function of antigen affinity.