Th1 and Th1-inducing cytokines in Salmonella infection

Department of Paediatrics, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University and Fukuoka Children's Hospital and Medical Center for Infectious Diseases, Fukuoka, Japan.
Clinical & Experimental Immunology (Impact Factor: 3.04). 02/2003; 131(1):111-7. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2249.2003.02060.x
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Thl and Thl-inducing cytokines and T cell responses were investigated in human salmonellosis. Serum IFN-gamma, IL-12 and IL-18 levels were increased significantly in patients with salmonellosis. The increase in serum IL-15 and IL-18 levels was more significant and prolonged in patients with the systemic form of salmonellosis than in those with the gastroenteric form. The serum IFN-gamma level was correlated significantly with IL-12 and IL18 levels, and the IL-15 level was correlated significantly with IL-18. Upon stimulation with Salmonella in vitro, mononuclear cells from salmonellosis patients produced significantly higher amounts of IFN-gamma and IL-12 compared with those from healthy controls. Anti-IL-12 moAb or anti-IL18 MoAb significantly inhibited Salmonella-induced IFN-gamma production in vitro. gamma delta T cells expressed significantly higher levels of IFN-gamma mRNA in salmonellosis patients than in healthy controls. The results suggest that Th1-inducing cytokines appear to be involved in the in vivo response against Salmonella infection, promoting IFN-gamma production by alpha beta and gamma delta T cells which plays a protective role against Salmonella.

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