Pregnancy does not deter the development of a potent maternal protective CD8+ T-Cell acquired immune response against listeria monocytogenes despite preferential placental colonization

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0897.2009.00766.x
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TypeArticle
Journal titleAmerican Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Volume63
Issue1
Pages5465; # of pages: 12
SubjectAcquired immunity; CD8 T-cell response; infection; Listeriosis; pregnancy
AbstractProblem: Listeria monocytogenes (LM) preferentially colonizes the placenta and causes fetal loss and systemic disease during pregnancy. As systemic CD8+ T-cell memory is critical in controlling LM infection, we addressed the issue as to whether it is modulated during pregnancy. Method of study: Pregnant mice were infected with LM and their immune response was quantified relative to the non-pregnant cohort using advanced immunological techniques. Results: Pregnant mice exhibited progressive and massive placental LM infection leading to fetal resorptions. In contrast, they harbored significantly lower bacteria in spleen and liver relative to non-pregnant controls, and rapidly cleared systemic infection. Both pregnant and non-pregnant mice exhibited similar activation of systemic innate immunity. Moreover, LM infection in pregnant and non-pregnant hosts evoked strong antigen-specific cytolytic CD8+ T cells that produced IFN-c. Consequently, LM infection initiated during pregnancy afforded long-term protective memory to secondary infection. Conclusion: Maternal hosts generate a normal Listeria-specific adaptive immunity in particular CD8+ T-cell memory response suggesting that systemic listeriosis during pregnancy may be an immunopathology associated with placental infection.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Biological Sciences; National Research Council Canada
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