The understanding of the role of the immune response in the development of gastrointestinal and cardio-digestive (CD) forms of Chagas disease has received little attention. In this paper, the commitment of each leukocyte population of peripheral blood to the production of IFN-gamma, IMF-alpha, IL-12, IL-4, IL-5 and IL-10 was studied in patients with the CD form of Chagas disease. The data show that cells from patients with the CD form of the disease have distinct cytokine profiles when compared with the other clinical forms of Chagas disease and suggest that eosinophils are the major source of cytokine production in this clinical entity. The data presented in this paper demonstrate that patients with CD form can be distinguished from patients with gastrointestinal or cardiac forms of the disease by the distinct cytokine profile of peripheral blood cells.
- Chagas' disease
- Clinical forms
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)