Journal article

Studies of immunity and bacterial invasiveness in mice given a recombinant Salmonella vector encoding murine interleukin-6

SJ Dunstan, AJ Ramsay, RA Strugnell

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 1996

Abstract

Interleukin-6 (IL-6) was expressed in Salmonella typhimurium in an attempt to increase the mucosal immune response against the bacterium. Murine IL-6 was PCR amplified from cDNA, cloned, sequenced, and found to be functionally active when expressed in S. typhimurium BRD509, the (delta)aroA (delta)aroD vaccine strain. Expression of murine IL-6 did not appear to adversely affect the growth of salmonellae, as the construct was retained in the absence of antibiotic selection and the growth rate was unaffected compared with that of the parent strain in vitro. However, IL-6 expression led to a significant reduction in bacterial invasiveness in vitro and in vivo. Splenocytes and small intestinal la..

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