Thursday, June 16, 2011

The CD8 T-cell road to immunotherapy of toxoplasmosis

Immunotherapy. 2011 Jun;3(6):789-801

The CD8 T-cell road to immunotherapy of toxoplasmosis

Bhadra R, Gigley JP, Khan IA.
SourceDepartment of Microbiology, Immunology & Tropical Medicine, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20037, USA.

Toxoplasma gondii infection induces a robust CD8 T-cell immunity that is critical for keeping chronic infection under control. In studies using animal models, it has been demonstrated that the absence of this response can compromise the host ability to keep chronic infection under check. Therapeutic agents that facilitate the induction and maintenance of CD8 T-cell response against the pathogen need to be developed. In the last decade, major strides in understanding the development of effector and memory response, particularly in viral and tumor models, have been made. However, factors involved in the generation of effector or memory response against T. gondii infection have not been extensively investigated. This information will be invaluable in designing immunotherapeutic regimens needed for combating this intracellular pathogen that poses a severe risk for pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals.

PMID:21668315[PubMed - in process]

1 comment:

armouris said...

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