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Volume 71, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645

Abstract

While the response to is well characterized in mice, there is much less known about the human immune response, particularly early after exposure to the parasite. Therefore, we developed a primary (PIV) system that allowed us to address these questions. We co-cultured peripheral blood mononuclear cells from -naive donors with parasites and found that the responding PIV cells produced interferon-γ and interleukin-12 (IL-12). When restimulated, these PIV cells also occasionally produced IL-5. Both CD4 and CD8 cells and both HLA class I and II cell activation pathways appeared to play a role in the PIV system, and cell activation was dependent upon the presence of antigen-presenting cells. Moreover, PIV cells generated with showed considerable cross-reactivity with other species of . Finally, the PIV cells augmented intracellular killing of when they were co-cultured with macrophages infected with the parasite.

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  • Received : 22 Mar 2004
  • Accepted : 11 Jun 2004

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