Mice carrying the beige mutation (bg/bg) on a C57Bl/6 background were challenged with Histoplasma capsulatum. bg/bg mice had higher mortality and higher lung tissue fungal counts in their lungs than either bg/+ or C57Bl/6 mice challenged with equal inocula. Immunologic studies showed that bg/bg mice developed normal delayed-type hypersensitivity (DHT) reactions to histoplasmin, but had deficient NK cell cytotoxic activity against YAC-1 target cells. Studies of macrophage killing of H. capsulatum in vitro showed that T lymphocytes of either bg/+ or bg/bg mice were able to activate fungal killing by bg/+ but not by bg/bg macrophages. These studies, while not excluding a role for the NK cell, suggest that macrophage dysfunction may be critical in the greater susceptibility of the bg/bg mouse and, by extension, that macrophage function is of major importance in host defense against H. capsulatum.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Leukocyte Biology|
|State||Published - 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy
- Cell Biology