Publication
Title
Tsetse fly saliva accelerates the onset of **Trypanosoma brucei** infection in a mouse model associated with a reduced host inflammatory response
Author
Abstract
Tsetse flies (Glossina sp.) are the vectors that transmit African trypanosomes, protozoan parasites that cause human sleeping sickness and veterinary infections in the African continent. These blood-feeding dipteran insects deposit saliva at the feeding site that enables the blood-feeding process. Here we demonstrate that tsetse fly saliva also accelerates the onset of a Trypanosoma brucei infection. This effect was associated with a reduced inflammatory reaction at the site of infection initiation (reflected by a decrease of interleukin-6 [IL-6] and IL-12 mRNA) as well as lower serum concentrations of the trypanocidal cytokine tumor necrosis factor. Variant-specific surface glycoprotein-specific antibody isotypes immunoglobulin M (IgM) and IgG2a, implicated in trypanosome clearance, were not suppressed. We propose that tsetse fly saliva accelerates the onset of trypanosome infection by inhibiting local and systemic inflammatory responses involved in parasite control.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Infection and immunity. - Washington, D.C.
Publication
Washington, D.C. : 2006
ISSN
0019-9567
Volume/pages
74:11(2006), p. 6324-6330
ISI
000241600500035
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
UAntwerpen
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Research group
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External links
Web of Science
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Creation 25.03.2010
Last edited 16.07.2017