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Borrelia-specific interferon-γ and interleukin-4 secretion in cerebrospinal fluid and blood during Lyme borreliosis in humans: association with clinical outcome
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Clinical Immunology. Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Infectious Diseases. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Clinical Immunology. Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Infectious Diseases. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Clinical Immunology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3993-9985
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Neurology. Linköping University, Department of Neuroscience and Locomotion, Neurophysiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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2004 (English)In: Journal of Infectious Diseases, ISSN 0022-1899, Vol. 189, no 10, 1881-1891 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Borrelia-specific interferon (IFN)-γ and interleukin (IL)-4 responses of 113 patients and control subjects were analyzed using the sensitive enzyme-linked immunospot method. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood samples were obtained, during the course of disease, from patients with chronic or nonchronic neuroborreliosis (NB) and from control subjects without NB. Blood samples were obtained from patients with Lyme skin manifestations and from healthy blood donors. Early increased secretion of Borrelia-specific IFN-γ (P < .05) and subsequent up-regulation of IL-4 ( P < .05) were detected in the CSF cells of patients with nonchronic NB. In contrast, persistent Borrelia-specific IFN-γ responses were observed in the CSF cells of patients with chronic NB ( P < .05). In patients with erythema migrans, increased IFN-γ (P < .001 ) was observed in blood samples obtained early during the course of disease, whereas increased IL-4 ( P < .05) was observed after clearance. On the contrary, patients with acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans had Borrelia-specific IFN-γ (P < .001 ), but not IL-4, detected in blood samples. The present data suggest that an initial IFN-γ response, followed by up-regulation of IL-4, is associated with nonchronic manifestations, whereas a persistent IFN-γ response may lead to chronic Lyme borreliosis.

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2004. Vol. 189, no 10, 1881-1891 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13800DOI: 10.1086/382893OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13800DiVA: diva2:21653
Available from: 2006-03-22 Created: 2006-03-22 Last updated: 2013-08-29
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1. Cytokine responses in human Lyme borreliosis: The role of T helper 1-like immunity and aspects of gender and co-exposure in relation to disease course
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cytokine responses in human Lyme borreliosis: The role of T helper 1-like immunity and aspects of gender and co-exposure in relation to disease course
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Lyme borreliosis was first described some 30 years ago in the USA. Today, it is the most common vector borne disease in Europe and the USA. The disease can have multiple stages and symptoms can manifest from various parts of the body; joints, skin heart and nervous system. In Europe, neuroborreliosis is the most frequent late stage diagnosis. Although Lyme borreliosis is treatable with antibiotics and the causative spirochete has not been shown to be resistant to drugs, some patients do not recover completely. They have persistent symptoms and are diagnosed with chronic or persistent Lyme borreliosis. The mechanism behind the lingering symptoms is unclear but might be due to tissue damage caused by the immune system. The aim of this thesis was to study the immunological differences between patients with different outcome of Lyme borreliosis, i.e. chronic, subacute and asymptomatic, and various factors that might influence the course of the disease.

The Borrelia-specific IFN-γ and IL-4 secretion was detected in blood and cerebrospinal fluid from patients with chronic and subacute neuroborreliosis during the course of the disease. Blood samples were also obtained from patients with erythema migrans (EM) and acrodermatitis chronicum atrophicans. An early increase of IFN-γ with a later switch to an IL-4 response was observed in patients with a subacute disease course whereas the IFN-γ secretion continued to be elevated in chronic patients.

The Borrelia-specific Th1-response was further investigated in chronic, subacute and asymptomatic individuals by studying the expression of the Th1-marker IL-12Rβ2, on a protein and mRNA level. The cytokine secretion and Foxp3, a marker for regulatory T-cells, were also analyzed. Chronic patients had a lower IL-12Rβ2 expression on CD8+ T-cells and a lower number of Borrelia-specific IFN-γ secreting cells compared to asymptomatic individuals. Chronic patients also displayed a higher expression of Borrelia-specific Foxp3 than healthy controls.

The conclusions for these tow studies were that a strong Th1-response early in the infection with a later switch to a Th2-response is beneficiary whereas a slow or weak Th1-response corresponds to a prolonged disease course.

The influence of a previous infection with another pathogen, seen to suppress the immune response in animals, and the possible gender difference in immune response was also investigated. Patients with EM were screened for antibodies to Anaplasma phagocytophilum (Ap) as a sign of a previous exposure to these tick-borne bacteria. Blood lymphocytes from Ap seronegative, Ap seropositive and healthy controls were stimulated with Borrelia antigen and the secretion of IL-4, IL-5, IL-12, IL-13 and IFN-γ was detected by ELISPOT. Ap seropositive patients had a lower number of cells responding with IL-12 secretion compared to the other groups which might indicate an inhibited Th1-response.

Reinfections with Lyme borreliosis was in a previous study, done by Bennet et al, found to be more frequent in postmenopausal women than in men. To investigate if there was an immunological explanation to the gender discrepancy, blood lymphocytes from individuals reinfected with Lyme borreliosis and individuals infected only once were stimulated with various antigens. The cytokine secretion was detected by ELISPOT, ELISA and Immulite. There were no differences between reinfected and single infected individuals. However, women, regardless of times infected, displayed a Th2-derived and anti-inflammatory spontaneous immune response compared to men.

A previous infection with the bacteria Ap might possibly have a long term effect on the immune system and might be of disadvantage when mounting a Th1-response to a Borrelia infection. Also, the Th2-derived response displayed by postmenopausal women could indicate why more women than men get reinfected with Borrelia burgdorferi.

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Institutionen för molekylär och klinisk medicin, 2006
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 938
Keyword
Borrelia, human granulocytic anaplasmosis, cytokine, immunology, chronic
National Category
Immunology in the medical area
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-6120 (URN)91-85497-73-8 (ISBN)
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2006-04-07, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköping, 09:00 (English)
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On the day of the public defence date of the doctoral thesis the status of article III was Accepted; the status of article IV was Submitted and the title was "Importance of induction and secretion of interferon-gamma for optimal resolution of human Lyme borreliosis: differencesbetween different outcomes of the infection".Available from: 2006-03-22 Created: 2006-03-22 Last updated: 2013-08-29
2. Immune responses in human lyme borreliosis: cytokines and IgG subclasses in relation to clinical outcome
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Immune responses in human lyme borreliosis: cytokines and IgG subclasses in relation to clinical outcome
2003 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Lyme borreliosis is a tick-borne infectious disease caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. The disease is characterised by several disease stages, where multiple organ systems might be affected, e.g. the skin, nervous system, heart or joints. The disease might lead to chronic symptoms of e.g. the nervous system, so called chronic neuroborreliosis (NB). The clinical features are often less severe in children, as compared to adults. The mechanisms responsible for the development of chronic symptoms are not fully established, but several factors might be involved. Probably the type of immune response elicited against the Borrelia spirochete during infection has implications on the clinical outcome, including development of chronic symptoms. Pro-inflammatory and type 1 responses are known to be efficient for elimination of pathogens, but may also be disease generating, whereas anti-inflammatory and type 2 responses are believed to regulate inflammation and possible tissue-harm, and have been reported in relation to resolution of symptoms in inflammatory diseases. In human Lyme borreliosis, mostly pro-inflammatory and type 1 responses have been reported previously.

Aim: To examine selected aspects of the immune response- i.e. type 1/type 2 responses and pro-/anti-inflammatory responses - during the course of human Lyme borreliosis in patients with chronic and non-chronic manifestations, and in children vs. adults with NB, and to relate the type of immune response to the clinical outcome.

Material and methods: Adult patients with the non-chronic manifestations erythema migrans and non-chronic NB or the chronic manifestations chronic NB and acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans (ACA), and children with NB were included in the study. Some of the adult patients were followed during the course of the disease. The Borrelia-specific cytokine production of interferon (IFN)-γ and interleukin (IL)-4 and the Borrelia-specific IgG subclass distribution were analysed as a measure of type 1 and type 2 responses, and the cytokinelevels of tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α, IL-6 and transforming growth factor (TGF)-ß1 were analysed as a measure of the pro- and anti-inflammatory responses. IFN-γ and IL-4 were measured as number of cytokine secreting cells, using the sensitive method ELISPOT. Mononuclear cells were separated from blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and stimulated with a Borrelia antigen containing outer surface protein (Osp)A and OspB. Borrelia-specific IgG subclasses were measured in serum and CSF by ELISA using a flagellin-containing antigen. Levels of TNF-α, IL-6 and total TGF-ß1 were measured in serum and CSF by ELISA.

Results: Adult patients with non-chronic NB showed a strong initial TNF-α and IFN-γ response in the CSF with production of the complement-activating and opsonizing IgG1 and IgG3. Subsequently, this inflammatory response seemed to be down-regulated by an upregulation of IL-4. TGF-ß1 was expressed during the entire follow-up period. Patients with EM showed the same pattern, with an early IFN-γ response, elevated levels of TGF-ß1 and a late up-regulation of IL-4. In addition, the children with early stage NB had elevated production of both IFN-γ and IL-4. The chronic NB patients, however, lacked early TNF-α in CSF and the subsequent up-regulation of IL-4, but showed persistent expression of IFN-γ. Furthermore, they did not show IgG3 or early TGF-ß1 in serum. Furthermore, ACA patients showed elevated IFN-γ late in disease.

Conclusions: Altogether, the results suggest that good prognosis of human Lyme borreliosis is associated with a strong initial pro-inflammatory type 1 response, effective for elimination of Borrelia spirochetes, which is subsequently down-regulated by up-regulation of a type-2 response, and whose possible harmful effects might also be limited by TGF-ß1. Chronic manifestations, on the contrary, seem to be associated with lack of early pro-inflammatory responses, plausibly limiting their ability to eradicate the pathogen, followed by persistent inflammatory type 1 response, which might be self-destructive and disease-generating. In addition, the relative absence of type-2 responses in chronic manifestations may reduce the ability to limit the possibly harmful effects generated by long-standing IFN-γ. The results may have implications on future development of immuomodulatory treatments of chronic Lyme neuroborreliosis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2003. 94 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 778
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26677 (URN)11244 (Local ID)91-7373-540-X (ISBN)11244 (Archive number)11244 (OAI)
Public defence
2003-04-04, Administrationsbyggnadens aula, Hälsouniversitet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2012-10-12Bibliographically approved

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