Dynamics of CD62L/CD45RB CD4+ and CD8+ lymphocyte subsets in hepatic and splenic tissues during murine visceral leishmaniasis

Sandra Gomes-Pereira, Olívia Roos Rodrigues, Gabriela Maria Santos-Gomes

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Abstract

This study aimed to characterise, for the first time, the dynamics of CD4+ and CD8+ lymphocyte CD62L/CD45RB subsets, during visceral leishmaniasis. Memory/activated status of hepatic and splenic T cells was compared in mice strains with "cure" and "non-cure" phenotypes to Leishmania infantum infection. In both mice strains, a correlation between the dynamics of the memory CD4+ and CD8+ T cells (CD62Llow/CD45RBlow) subsets in the liver and the pre-activated phenotype of lymphocytes (CD62Llow/CD45RB high) from the spleen was detected suggesting that this organ is the source of Leishmania-specific T lymphocytes that migrate to the liver, where parasite replication is highly active. In the liver, these pre-activated cells become effector T lymphocytes, however, a strong regulation of CD8+ T cell effector function was observed, probably preventing hepatic tissue damage. Comparing mice strains with "cure" and "non-cure" phenotype, an imbalance between "protective" CD45RBhigh and "pathogenic" CD45RBlow CD4+ subsets in B10.D2/n animals might be involved in the evolution of a non-healing infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-70
Number of pages8
JournalImmunology Letters
VolumeVol. 95
Issue numbern.º 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2004

Keywords

  • CD45RB
  • CD62L
  • Memory response
  • Murine model
  • Visceral leishmaniasis

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