T cell immunoregulation in active ocular toxoplasmosis

Cynthia A. Cordeiro, Erica L.M. Vieira, Vinicius M. Castro, Walderez O. Dutra, Rogerio A. Costa, Juliana L. Orefice, Wesley R. Campos, Fernando Orefice, Lucy H. Young, Antonio Lucio Teixeira

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Toxoplasma gondii infection is an important cause of infectious ocular disease. The physiopathology of retinochoroidal lesions associated with this infection is not completely understood. The present study was undertaken to investigate cytokine production by T cells from individuals with active toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis (TR) comparing with controls. Eighteen patients with active TR and 15 healthy controls (6 controls IgG+ to Toxoplasma and 9 negative controls) were included in the study. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were incubated in the presence or absence of T. gondii antigen (STAg), and stained against CD4, CD8, TNF, IL-10 and IFN-γ. Baseline expression of cytokines was higher in TR/IgG+ patients in comparison with controls. Cytokine expression was not increased by STAg in vitro stimulation in controls. After stimulation, TR/IgG+ patients’ lymphocytes increased cytokine as compared to cultures from both controls. While T cells were the main source of IL-10, but also IFN-γ and TNF, other lymphocyte populations were relevant source of inflammatory cytokines. Interestingly, it was observed a negative correlation between ocular lesion size and IL-10 expression by CD4+ lymphocytes. This study showed that T cells are the main lymphocyte populations expressing IL-10 in patients with TR. Moreover, expression of IL-10 plays a protective role in active TR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-91
Number of pages8
JournalImmunology Letters
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Cytokines
  • T lymphocytes
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Uveitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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