Mice infected subcutaneously with 2 X 10(7) CFU of Mycobacterium bovis strain BCG (BCG) were able to mount a specific DTH response, whereas mice infected intravenously with the same dose of microorganisms were not. The suppression turned out to be mediated by id+ anti-PPD B lymphocytes, which arose very early during the infectious process and induced anti-id B lymphocytes. These cells were found at Day 4 after infection and exerted their effect by activating antigen-specific suppressor T lymphocytes, which affected the efferent phase of the DTH response. These results clearly indicate that the activation of a complex immunosuppressive circuit represents a mechanism by which BCG may interfere with the host's immune response already during the very early phases of infection.

LYMPHOCYTES-B AND LYMPHOCYTES-T REGULATED BY IDIOTYPE ANTIIDIOTYPE INTERACTIONS INHIBIT DELAYED-TYPE HYPERSENSITIVITY TO BCG IN MICE

CAMPA, MARIO;
1986

Abstract

Mice infected subcutaneously with 2 X 10(7) CFU of Mycobacterium bovis strain BCG (BCG) were able to mount a specific DTH response, whereas mice infected intravenously with the same dose of microorganisms were not. The suppression turned out to be mediated by id+ anti-PPD B lymphocytes, which arose very early during the infectious process and induced anti-id B lymphocytes. These cells were found at Day 4 after infection and exerted their effect by activating antigen-specific suppressor T lymphocytes, which affected the efferent phase of the DTH response. These results clearly indicate that the activation of a complex immunosuppressive circuit represents a mechanism by which BCG may interfere with the host's immune response already during the very early phases of infection.
Campa, Mario; Benedettini, G; Marelli, P.
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