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Scand J Immunol. 1989 Jul;30(1):65-72.

Modulation of both interleukin 2 receptor expression and interleukin 2 production during experimental murine Trypanosoma cruzi infection.

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National Institute for the Investigation and Diagnosis of Chagas' Disease, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


A massive activation of T cells takes place during the early stages of a Trypanosoma cruzi infection in mice. We present data indicating that substantial amounts of interleukin 2 (IL-2) are secreted and IL-2 receptors are expressed during the period of increased proliferation (4-7 days post infection). Both concanavalin A-induced proliferation and IL-2 production are markedly decreased later in the acute infection (around 3 weeks post infection). This proliferation cannot be restored by externally added IL-2. Simultaneously, there is a drastic reduction in the number of both high- and low-affinity IL-2 receptors. The reduction is not attributable to the elimination of a particular T-cell population. In vivo administration of recombinant IL-2 failed to improve resistance to T. cruzi parasites as measured by parasitaemia and mortality.

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