Kinetics of organ-associated natural killer cells and intermediate CD3 cells during pulmonary and hepatic granulomatous inflammation induced by mycobacterial cord factor.

Abstract

We investigated here the kinetics of natural killer (NK) cells and extrathymic T cells, which include intermediate CD3 cells and gamma delta T cells, in the cord factor-induced granulomatous inflammation of the lungs and liver. In Balb/c mice, pulmonary inflammation elevated the proportion of NK cells and that of extrathymic T cells to mononuclear cells in the lungs. C3H/He mice exhibited shorter-term inflammation of the lungs than Balb/c mice and accordingly showed a smaller increase in the proportions of pulmonary NK cells and intermediate CD3 cells. In the liver of Balb/c mice, hepatic NK cells increased as well with the granulomatous changes, while intermediate CD3 cells exhibited a transient decrease before they increased. The present study has demonstrated that granulomatous inflammation is accompanied by the increase of lung-associated NK cells and extrathymic T cells and that there exists a difference between these two mouse strains in the induction of these lymphocyte subsets by cord factor.

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@article{Tabata1996KineticsOO, title={Kinetics of organ-associated natural killer cells and intermediate CD3 cells during pulmonary and hepatic granulomatous inflammation induced by mycobacterial cord factor.}, author={Akira Tabata and Kazuhiko Kaneda and Hideaki Watanabe and Toru Abo and Ikuko Yano}, journal={Microbiology and immunology}, year={1996}, volume={40 9}, pages={651-8} }