Expansion of intracellular IFN-g positive lymphocytes during Mycoplasma agalactiae infection in sheep
- Autori: La Manna, MP; Agnone, A; Villari, S; Puleio, R; Vitale, M; Nicholas, R; Sireci, G; Dieli, F; Loria, GR
- Anno di pubblicazione: 2011
- Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
- Parole Chiave: Agalactia, Mastitis, T cells, Peripheral blood mononuclear cells, CD4+ cells, CD8+ cells
- OA Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10447/73507
A method to assess the expansion of antigen-specific intracellular IFN-c positive T cell subsets during the infection will be helpful for a better understanding of mycoplasmal infections physiopathology in the sheep. We analysed the percentage of antigen-specific lymphocytes positive for intracellular IFN-c during the infection of sheep with Mycoplasma agalactiae by culturing peripheral blood mononuclear cells of infected or uninfected animals with irradiated M. agalactiae. The expansion of antigen-specific IFN-c positive lymphocytes in infected sheep was initially sustained by CD4+ T cells at day 15 after infection, when antigen specific IgG start to be detectable, followed by CD8/IFN-c double positive cells. cd T-cells were not expanded at any time point analysed. IFNc+ T cells disappear 60 days after infection, suggesting that antigen specific IFNc+ T cells, mainly detected in the early phase of the disease, could be useful to understand the role of cell-mediated immunity during M. agalactiae infection.