Journal article

CD8( ) T lymphocyte-mediated loss of marginal metallophilic macrophages following infection with Plasmodium chabaudi chabaudi AS

Beattie Lynette, Christian R Engwerda, Michelle Wykes, Michael F Good

The Journal of Immunology | AMER ASSOC IMMUNOLOGISTS | Published : 2006


The splenic architecture is essential for the quick resolution of a primary infection with Plasmodium. A critical component of this architecture is the marginal zone (MZ), an area of the spleen that separates the reticuloendothelial red pulp of the spleen from the lymphoid white pulp compartment. There are two unique macrophage populations found in the MZ: MZ macrophages (MZM) found on the outer border of the MZ, and marginal metallophilic macrophages (MMM) found on the inner border, adjacent to the white pulp. We investigated the homeostasis of MMM and MZM following infection with Plasmodium chabaudi and demonstrated that a complete loss of both MMM and MZM occurred by the time of peak para..

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