Infection of B6 mice with LP-BM5 MuLV results in a syndrome characterized by progressive and profound immunodeficiency, termed murine acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (MAIDS). In this report we show that preferential expansion and activation of V beta 5+ CD4+ spleen cells occurs early in the course of disease, which then progresses to more widespread polyclonal activation of CD4+ T cells. V beta 5 expansion occurs only on infection with MAIDS-associated MuLV and is not observed after infection with other MuLV. The possible role of V beta 5 activation and expansion as a necessary early step in the pathogenesis of MAIDS is discussed.

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