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Vaccine. 2012 Jan 20;30(5):862-71. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.11.110. Epub 2011 Dec 13.

Vaccination with Strongyloides ratti heat shock protein 60 increases susceptibility to challenge infection by induction of Th1 response.

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  • 1Department of Immunology, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Bernhard-Nocht Str. 74, 20359 Hamburg, Germany.


The control of strongyloidiasis affecting approximately 100 million people - caused by the gastrointestinal nematode Strongyloides stercoralis - is still based on anti-helminthic treatment. In the current study we analysed the immune response to Strongyloides ratti heat shock protein 60 (srHSP60) as a possible vaccine candidate in the murine system. We show that srHSP60 is a target of both, humoral and cellular response in S. ratti-infected mice. Strikingly, vaccination with srHSP60 without adjuvant or with CFA induced a S. ratti-specific Th1 response in vivo that did not confer protection but slightly increased larval output during challenge infection. Using in vitro T cell stimulation assays we provide further evidence that srHSP60 skewed activated T cells towards a Th1 response that interfered with efficient clearance of S. ratti infection. Vaccination with alum-precipitated srHSP60, in contrast, overruled the Th1-inducing activity intrinsic to srHSP60, induced a Th2 response, and conferred partial protection against a challenge infection. As srHSP60 is actively secreted by S. ratti during all life stages, our findings strongly suggest that srHSP60 induced polarization towards a Th1 response reflects a mechanism of immune evasion by this pathogenic nematode.

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