Mycobacterial lipoarabinomannan inhibits gamma interferon-mediated activation of macrophages.

The principal efferent role of the macrophage in acquired resistance to intracellular pathogens depends on activation by T-cell lymphokines, primarily gamma interferon (IFN-gamma). However, mouse macrophages that are heavily burdened with Mycobacterium leprae are refractory to activation by IFN-gamma and are thus severely compromised in their capacity for… (More)