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Title: CD4-T-lymphocyte interactions with pneumolysin and pneumococci suggest a crucial protective role in the host response to pneumococcal infection.
Authors: Kadioglu, Aras
Coward, William
Colston, M. J.
Hewitt, Colin R. A.
Andrew, Peter W.
First Published: 5-May-2004
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
Citation: Infection and Immunity, 2004, 72 (5), pp. 2689-2697
Abstract: Previously, we had shown that T cells accumulated in peribronchiolar and perivascular areas of lungs soon after intranasal infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae. We have now presented new evidence, using major histocompatibility class II-deficient mice, that CD4 cells are important for early protective immunity. In addition, we have also shown that a population of human CD4 cells migrates towards pneumococci and that in vivo-passaged pneumococci are substantially more potent at inducing migration than in vitro-grown bacteria. This migratory process is unique to a specific population of CD4 cells, is highly reproducible, and is independent of prior CD4 cell activation, and yet the migratory process results in a significant proportion of CD4 cells becoming activated. The production of pneumolysin is a key facet in the induction of migration of CD4 cells by in vivo bacteria, as pneumolysin-deficient bacteria do not induce migration, but the data also show that pneumolysin alone is not sufficient to explain the enhanced migration. Increased CD25 expression occurs during migration, and a higher percentage of cells in the migrated population express gamma interferon or interleukin 4 (IL-4) than in the population that did not migrate. There is evidence that the activation of IL-4 expression occurs during migration.
DOI Link: 10.1128/IAI.72.5.2689-2697.2004
ISSN: 0019-9567
eISSN: 1098-5522
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
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