Characterization of immune responses during infection with Mycobacterium avium strains 100, 101 and the recently sequenced 104.

Abstract

Mycobacterium avium strain 104 was chosen as the M. avium isolate to sequence, as it is virulent to humans, stable and readily transfectable. As this strain has not been widely studied we sought to investigate the pattern of 104 infection in mice. Bacterial growth and the immune response generated were compared with infection with the low virulence M. avium strain 100, and the high virulence common laboratory strain, 101. Mycobacterium avium strains 104 and 101 grew progressively within mice, while strain 100 was gradually cleared. Strains 104 and 101 induced strong T cell activation and spleen cell cultures produced similar levels of IFN-gamma. In mice infected with strain 100 no significant T cell activation or IFN-gamma production was measured. Further, mice infected with strain 104 or 101 also displayed comparable inflammatory responses and similar granuloma formation, while only minimal inflammation was seen in mice infected with strain 100. Strains 101 and 104 also grew in a similar fashion in bone-marrow-derived macrophages and induced significant levels of TNF and nitric oxide. Thus infection with M. avium strain 104 induced an immunological response comparable to M. avium strain 101 and, with the availability of its sequence, should be a useful tool for designing new vaccines or drugs therapies to treat the increasing incidence of M. avium infection in humans.

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@article{Saunders2002CharacterizationOI, title={Characterization of immune responses during infection with Mycobacterium avium strains 100, 101 and the recently sequenced 104.}, author={Bernadette M. Saunders and Alison Dane and Helen Briscoe and Warwick John Britton}, journal={Immunology and cell biology}, year={2002}, volume={80 6}, pages={544-9} }