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Cytokine. 2000 Jul;12(7):1024-34.

Innate resistance to experimental African trypanosomiasis: differences in cytokine (TNF-alpha, IL-6, IL-10 and IL-12) production by bone marrow-derived macrophages from resistant and susceptible mice.

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Department of Veterinary Microbiology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.


Resistance to African trypanosomiasis is under multigenic control. BALB/c mice are highly susceptible while C57Bl/6 mice are relatively resistant. Macrophages eliminate opsonized trypanosomes from the bloodstream and are involved in immunosuppression. We therefore investigated the production of a number of cytokines (IL-10, IL-6, TNF-alpha and IL-12) by bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDM) from C57Bl/6 and BALB/c mice following challenge with either Trypanosoma congolense or Trypanosoma brucei. BMDM from C57Bl/6 mice, upon challenge with whole cell extracts (WCE) of T. congolense or T. brucei, produced significantly more TNF-alpha and IL-12 than those from BALB/c mice. The production of these cytokines was significantly enhanced by pretreatment of the cells with IFN-gamma. BMDM from BALB/c mice, however, produced significantly more IL-6 and IL-10 than those from C57Bl/6 mice. In contrast to LPS stimulation, simultaneous treatment of cells with WCE and IFN-gamma enhanced IL-10 synthesis by BMDM from BALB/c mice. These results indicate that cytokine genes are differentially regulated in macrophages from trypanosome-susceptible and -resistant mice and are consistent with our previous findings wherein retrovirus-immortalized macrophage cell lines from BALB/c and C57Bl/6 mice produce differential amounts of cytokines after phagocytosis of trypanosomes.

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