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Vaccine. 2011 Jan 17;29(4):772-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.11.013. Epub 2010 Nov 21.

CD4+ and CD8+ T cell- and IL-17-mediated protection against Entamoeba histolytica induced by a recombinant vaccine.

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Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Department of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA.


Amebiasis in the murine model can be prevented by vaccination with the Gal/GalNAc lectin through a T cell-dependent mechanism. In this work we further decipher the mechanism of this protection. Mice vaccinated with the recombinant "LecA" fragment of the Gal/GalNAc lectin with alum were capable of transferring protection to naïve recipients by both CD4+ T cells and surprisingly CD8+ T cells. We then examined the cytokine profile of these cells. CD4+ T cells from PBMC of LecA-alum vaccinated mice were observed to be a major source of IFN-γ, known to be a protective cytokine with this vaccine. In contrast, CD8+ T cells produced relatively little IFN-γ but more IL-17 than the CD4 compartment. We thus examined the role of IL-17 in vaccine mediated protection and found through neutralization experiments that this cytokine contributed to LecA-alum vaccine protection. In addition we examined whether these cells exhibited direct amebicidal activity in vitro and found that both populations had amebicidal activity at high concentrations (1000:1) but CD8+ T cells appeared more potent, capable of cytotoxicity at a 100:1 ratio. In conclusion, both CD4 and CD8 T cells exert protection with this amebiasis vaccine. The mechanism of CD8 T cell-mediated protection may include direct amebicidal activity and/or IL-17 production. Both IL-17 and IFN-γ are useful surrogates for immune protection.

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