HIV-specific mucosal and cellular immunity was analyzed in heterosexual couples discordant for HIV status in serum and in HIV-unexposed controls. HIV-specific IgA but not IgG was present in urine and vaginal wash samples from HIV-exposed seronegative individuals (ESN), whereas both IgA and IgG were observed in their HIV-seropositive partners; antibodies were not detected in low-risk controls. Envelope protein (Env) peptide-stimulated interleukin-2 (L-2) production by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) was detected in 9 out of 16 ESNs, 5 out of 16 HIV-infected patients and 1 out of 50 controls. Env peptide-stimulated PBMCs of ESNs produced more IL-2 and less IL-10 compared with those of HIV-infected individuals; no differences were observed in chemokine production or in CCR5 expression. These data demonstrate that a compartmentalized immune response to pathogens is possible in humans and raise the possibility of protective roles for cell-mediated immunity and mucosal IgA in HIV-seronegative individuals exposed to HIV.
HIV-specific mucosal and cellular immunity in HIV-seronegative partners of HIV-seropositive individuals / S. Mazzoli, D. Trabattoni, S. Lo Caputo, S. Piconi, C. Blé, F. Meacci, S. Ruzzante, A. Salvi, F. Semplici, R. Longhi, M.L. Fusi, N. Tofani, M. Biasin, M.L. Villa, F. Mazzotta, M. Clerici. - In: NATURE MEDICINE. - ISSN 1078-8956. - 3:11(1997 Nov), pp. 1250-1257.
|Titolo:||HIV-specific mucosal and cellular immunity in HIV-seronegative partners of HIV-seropositive individuals|
TRABATTONI, DARIA LUCIA (Secondo)
CLERICI, MARIO SALVATORE (Ultimo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/04 - Patologia Generale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||nov-1997|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|