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Experimental Salmonella typhimurium infections in rats. III. Transfer of immunity with primed lymphocyte subpopulations

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  • H P Hougen
  • E T Jensen
The protective effect of primed lymphocytes against a lethal dose of Salmonella typhimurium was studied in athymic and euthymic LEW rats. Primed lymphocytes were obtained by inoculating euthymic and thymus-grafted animals with a non-lethal dose of Salmonella typhimurium. Four weeks after the infection, spleen lymphocytes were separated by panning technique and antibody-coated magnetic microsphere separation using antibodies to pan T and pan B lymphocytes and subsequent sorting in a fluorescence activated cell sorter by means of monoclonal antibodies against CD4+ and CD8+ cells. Euthymic and athymic rats were injected with different doses of primed pan B, pan T, CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes before inoculation with a lethal bacterial dose. Most of the animals treated with pan B, pan T or CD8+ cells died within two weeks. After treatment with primed CD4+ cells, only six of 39 animals died. Doses as low as 10(4) cells from both euthymic or thymus-grafted animals were effective, and athymic and euthymic recipients survived equally well. Four weeks after the infection both athymic and euthymic animals housed very few bacteria and had high antibacterial antibody titres. The percentages of splenic and lymph node CD4+ cells in the athymic rats were comparable to those found in the euthymic animals. The study shows that primed CD4+ lymphocytes even in very low doses are able to induce immunity against a Salmonella typhimurium infection.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAPMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica
Vol/bind98
Sider (fra-til)1015-21
Antal sider7
ISSN0903-4641
StatusUdgivet - nov. 1990

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