Coxiella burnetii infection in C57BL/6 mice aged 1 or 14 months.


The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of age on infection with Coxiella burnetii, the agent of Q fever. Bacterial burden and granuloma number were increased in the spleens of 14-month-old as compared with 1-month-old mice. This increase was not the result of an anti-inflammatory macrophage response, because inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines were induced in macrophages from young mice but were repressed in mature mice. In addition, macrophage microbicidal competence was similar in mature and young mice. These results suggest the importance of individual host factors in the pathophysiology of an infectious disease such as Q fever.

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@article{Lone2007CoxiellaBI, title={Coxiella burnetii infection in C57BL/6 mice aged 1 or 14 months.}, author={Marc L{\'e}one and Yassina Bechah and Soraya Meghari and Hubert L{\'e}pidi and Christian Capo and Didier Raoult and J Mege}, journal={FEMS immunology and medical microbiology}, year={2007}, volume={50 3}, pages={396-400} }