liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Early Immune Responses to Borrelia garinii and Borrelia afzeliiin Lyme Borreliosis: Local Complement Activation in Erythema Migrans and in vitro Studies ofComplement Activation, Phagocytosis and Cytokine Profile
School of Natural Sciences, Linneaus University, Kalmar.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Infectious Diseases. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
School of Natural Sciences, Linneaus University, Kalmar .
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Infectious Diseases. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Show others and affiliations
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

An optimal eradication of spirochetes in Lyme borreliosis depends on the early immune response, including the potent actions of the complement system. We here assessed possible differences between two Borrelia burgdorferi genospecies in their ability to activate complement, and the consequences of complement activation in terms of phagocytosis and induction of cytokines.

Early local complement activation was assessed immunohistochemically in skin biopsies from patients with erythema migrans (EM) caused by B. afzelii or B. garinii. Complement activation, phagocytosis and early cytokine and chemokine release were studied in vitro by incubating clinical isolates of B. afzelii (K78 from a human skin biopsy) and B. garinii (LU59 from human cerebrospinal fluid) in human whole blood.

B. afzelii and B. garinii were detected in skin biopsies from EM and deposition of C3-fragments and IgG was found adjacent to the spirochetes. In vitro, B. garinii LU59 induced higher complement activation (measured as the generation of C3a and C5b-9), while B. afzelii K78 recruited more factor H. Phagocytosis by granulocytes and monocytes was demonstrated to be largely dependent on complement activation since phagocytosis was substantially reduced by addition of the C3 inhibitor compstatin or a C5a receptor antagonist. The early cytokine and chemokine release in human blood in response to live spirochetes revealed a rapid and pronounced pro-inflammatory response, mainly associated with the Th1- and Th17-types.

We conclude that complement is activated locally in the skin in EM, and that B. garinii LU59 activates complement more than B. afzelii K78. Complement activation is pivotal for efficient phagocytosis of Borrelia spirochetes, especially in early infection before specific antibodies are produced. Both B. garinii LU59 and B. afzelii K78 induce proinflammatory cytokines rapidly, but no clear differences were seen between the two genospecies in this respect.

Keyword [en]
Lyme borreliosis, erythema migrans, inflammation, complement, cytokine, chemokine, phagocytosis
National Category
Infectious Medicine
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71065OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-71065DiVA: diva2:444673
Available from: 2011-09-29 Created: 2011-09-29 Last updated: 2012-08-23Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Clinical, epidemiological and immunological aspects of Lyme borreliosis with special focus on the role of the complement system
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Clinical, epidemiological and immunological aspects of Lyme borreliosis with special focus on the role of the complement system
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Lyme borreliosis (LB) is the most common vector-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. The infection is caused by spirochetes belonging to the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato complex, and it is transmitted to humans by ticks. LB is associated with several clinical manifestations, of which erythema migrans (EM) and neuroborreliosis (NB) are the most common inEurope. The course of the disease is usually benign, but can vary between individuals. The underlying pathogenic mechanisms are not fully understood, but the prognosis is probably determined by a complex interplay between the bacteria and the host’s immune response. Previous studies have indicated that a strong initial T helper (Th) 1-response followed by a Th2 response is beneficial for the clinical outcome in LB.

The aims of this thesis were to follow the incidence of NB inJönköping County,Sweden, over time, to search for clinical and laboratory markers associated with the risk of developing long-lasting post-treatment symptoms, and to explore the role of the complement system as well as the relative balance between Th-associated cytokine/chemokine responses in LB.

The number of NB cases, diagnosed by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis, increased from 5 to 10/100,000 inhabitants/year in Jönköping County during 2000-2005. Post-treatment symptoms persisting more than 6 months occurred in 13 %, and were associated with higher age, longer-lasting symptoms prior to treatment, higher levels of Borrelia-specific IgG in CSF, and reported symptoms of radiculitis. Facial palsy, headache and fever were frequent manifestations in children, whereas unspecific muscle and joint pain were the most commonly reported symptoms in older patients.

Complement activation occurred both locally in the skin in EM and in CSF of NB patients. However, no activation could be detected in blood in NB patients. Elevated levels of C1q, C4 and C3a in CSF, along with correlation between C1q and C3a levels, suggest complement activation via the classical pathway locally in the central nervous system in NB. In vitro experiments with two clinical Borrelia isolates revealed that B. garinii LU59 induced higher complement activation in human plasma compared to B. afzelii K78 that recruited more of complement regulator factor H. To elucidate the role of complement in the phagocytosis process, experiments were performed using whole blood from healthy donors incubated with fluorescence-labelled spirochetes and different complement inhibitors. The results illustrated a central role of complement for phagocytosis of Borrelia spirochetes.

We also studied the relative contribution of different Th-associated cytokines/chemokine responses in NB. The results support the notion that early NB is dominated by a Th1 response, eventually accompanied by a Th2 response. IL-17A was increased in CSF in half of the patients with confirmed NB, suggesting a hitherto unknown role of Th17 in NB.

In conclusion, the risk of developing long-lasting post-treatment symptoms tend to increase mainly with age and duration of symptoms prior to treatment in NB. The complement system seems to play an important role in host defence to recognize and kill Borrelia spirochetes. However, complement activation in inappropriate sites or to an excessive degree may cause tissue damage, and therefore, the role of complement in relation to disease course needs to be studied further. Likewise, the role of Th17 in LB pathogenesis and host defence should be further evaluated in prospective studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011. 116 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1255
Keyword
Lyme borreliosis, neuroborreliosis, clinical, epidemiology, inflammation, complement, cytokine, chemokine
National Category
Infectious Medicine
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71117 (URN)978-91-7393-097-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-11-25, Originalet, Qulturum, Länssjukhuset Ryhov, Jönköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2011-10-03 Created: 2011-09-30 Last updated: 2012-03-23Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Authority records BETA

Henningsson, Anna JNordberg, MarikaForsberg, PiaErnerudh, Jan

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Henningsson, Anna JNordberg, MarikaForsberg, PiaErnerudh, Jan
By organisation
Infectious DiseasesFaculty of Health SciencesClinical Immunology
Infectious Medicine

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 128 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf