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Extremely Preterm Infants Have Significant Alterations in Their Conventional T Cell Compartment during the First Weeks of Life
Stockholm Univ, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Children's and Women's health. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Stockholm Univ, Sweden.
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2020 (English)In: Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0022-1767, E-ISSN 1550-6606, Vol. 204, no 1, p. 68-77Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Extremely preterm neonates are particularly susceptible to infections, likely because of severely impaired immune function. However, little is known on the composition of the T cell compartment in early life in this vulnerable population. We conducted a comprehensive phenotypic flow cytometry-based longitudinal analysis of the peripheral conventional T cell compartment of human extremely low gestational age neonates (ELGAN) with extremely low birth weight (ELBW; amp;lt;1000 g) participating in a randomized placebo-controlled study of probiotic supplementation. PBMCs from ELGAN/ELBW neonates were collected at day 14, day 28, and postmenstrual week 36. Comparisons were made with full-term 14-d-old neonates. Total CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cell frequencies were markedly lower in the preterm neonates. The reduction was more pronounced among the CD8(+) population, resulting in an increased CD4/CD8 ratio. The preterm infants were also more Th2 skewed than the full-term infants. Although the frequency of regulatory T cells seemed normal in the ELGAN/ELBW preterm neonates, their expression of the homing receptors alpha 4 beta 7, CCR4, and CCR9 was altered. Notably, ELGAN/ELBW infants developing necrotizing enterocolitis before day 14 had higher expression of CCR9 in CD4(+)T cells at day 14. Chorioamnionitis clearly associated with reduced T regulatory cell frequencies and functional characteristics within the preterm group. Finally, probiotic supplementation with Lactobacillus reuteri did not impose any phenotypic changes of the conventional T cell compartment. In conclusion, notable immaturities of the T cell compartment in ELGAN/ELBW neonates may at least partially explain their increased susceptibility to severe immune-mediated morbidities.

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AMER ASSOC IMMUNOLOGISTS , 2020. Vol. 204, no 1, p. 68-77
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-163021DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.1900941ISI: 000503179200007PubMedID: 31801814OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-163021DiVA, id: diva2:1384290
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Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council (Medicine)Swedish Research Council [921.2014-7060, 2016-01715_3]; Ekhaga Foundation; Swedish Society of Medicine; Research Council for South-East Sweden; Region Ostergotland [19-00941-FLR]; BioGaia AB; ALF grants

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