The role of CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells in host morbidity and innate resistance to angiostrongylus cantonensis in the mouse.Parasitol Res. 1998; 84(2):91-9.PR
Strain-dependent differences in host morbidity and mortality due to Angiostrongylus cantonensis infection have been established between C57BL/6 and BALB/c mice; C57BL/6 mice show rapid worm killing with low morbidity, whereas BALB/c mice indicate slow worm killing with high morbidity and mortality. To determine the possible roles of CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells in host morbidity and innate resistance to A. cantonensis infection we treated C57BL/6 and BALB/c mice with anti-CD4 or anti-CD8 monoclonal antibody and examined the changes in host morbidity and worm-killing activity. Our study indicates that anti-CD4 antibody treatment interferes with worm killing and improves the morbidity of A. cantonensis-infected BALB/c mice, whereas anti-CD8 antibody treatment fails to improve the morbidity. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha, or cachectin) production in infected mice was not correlated with host morbidity. Anti-IL-5 monoclonal antibody treatment also failed to affect the morbidity of infected BALB/c mice, although their worm-killing activity was restrained as shown in anti-CD4-treated mice. These findings clearly indicate that the morbidity of infected BALB/c mice is regulated by some unknown CD4+ T-cell-dependent mechanism but not by an IL-5-, eosinophil-, or TNF-alpha-dependent mechanism.