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Mice Deficient in Nuclear Factor of Activated T-Cell Transcription Factor c2 Mount Increased Th2 Responses after Infection with Nippostrongylus brasiliensis and Decreased Th1 Responses after Mycobacterial Infection

By Klaus J. Erb, Thomas Twardzik, Alois Palmetshofer, Gisela Wohlleben, Ursula Tatsch and Edgar Serfling


Infection of nuclear factor of activated T-cell transcription factor c2 (NFATc2)-deficient mice with the helminth Nippostrongylus brasiliensis led to a distinct increase in interleukin-4 (IL-4) and IL-5 protein synthesis by lymph node and spleen cells and to elevated serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels in comparison to those seen with infected control mice. While IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13 mRNA expression was also enhanced in lymph node cells from the lungs of infected NFATc2−/− mice, the number of T cells secreting Th2-type lymphokines remained the same in mice infected with N. brasiliensis. In contrast, lymphocytes from NFATc2-deficient mice infected with Mycobacterium bovis BCG secreted less gamma interferon than lymphocytes from infected control mice. These findings indicate that NFATc2 is an activator of Th1 responses and a suppressor of Th2 responses in vivo

Topics: Fungal and Parasitic Infections
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1128/IAI.71.11.6641-6647.2003
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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