Journal article

CHANGES IN CONJUNCTIVAL LYMPHOCYTE POPULATIONS INDUCED BY ORAL IMMUNIZATION WITH CHLAMYDIA-TRACHOMATIS

JA WHITTUMHUDSON, RA PRENDERGAST, HR TAYLOR

CURRENT EYE RESEARCH | OXFORD UNIV PRESS UNITED KINGDOM | Published : 1986

Abstract

The populations of lymphocyte subsets in the conjunctiva were assessed in monkeys enterically immunized with different preparations of Chlamydia trachomatis prior to ocular challenge. Subsets were identified in immunohistochemical studies employing cross-reactive anti-human monoclonal and polyclonal reagents. Ocular challenge of orally immunized animals resulted in more equal numbers of T-helper and T suppressor/cytotoxic cells, compared to the higher proportion of TS seen in naive monkeys. TH:TS/CTL ratios of 1.0-2.0 and 0.1-0.5 respectively were observed. Orally immunized monkeys also showed proportionately more IgA- and IgG-bearing cells and less IgM-bearing cells. B cells of each class w..

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