Gamma interferon induces Fas-dependent apoptosis of Peyer's patch T cells in mice following peroral infection with Toxoplasma gondii

Oliver Liesenfeld, Jon C. Kosek, Yasuhiro Suzuki

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Abstract

Since we previously observed a remarkable decrease in the numbers of T cells in the Peyer's patches of the small intestines in C57BL/6 mice following peroral infection with Toxoplasma gondii, we performed studies to examine the mechanism(s) whereby this decrease in numbers of the T cells occurs. We found that apoptotic cell death of CD4+ and CD8+ αβ T cells occurred in Peyer's patches following infection. Upregulation of Fas expression was observed in these T cells. C57BL/6-background mutant mice which lack functional Fas antigen did not develop apoptosis in their Peyer's patches following infection. Treatment of infected C57BL/6 mice with anti- gamma interferon (IFN-γ) monoclonal antibodies prevented the upregulation of Fas on their Peyer's patch T cells and inhibited the occurrence of apoptosis of these T cells. These results indicate that IFN-γ induces Fas-dependent apoptosis in CD4+ and CD8+ αβ T cells in Peyer's patches in C57BL/6 mice following peroral infection with T. gondii.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4682-4689
Number of pages8
JournalInfection and Immunity
Volume65
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases

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