A mouse model of pneumonia caused by murine Chlamydia trachomatis (mouse pneumonitis agent) was used to demonstrate that whole spleen cells from both nude athymic mice (nu/nu) and heterozygous mice (nu/+) produced tumor necrosis factor alpha in vitro in response to mouse pneumonitis agent antigen. The tumor necrosis factor alpha measured in these supernatants by immunoassay was shown to have bioactivity in a cytotoxic assay in which uninfected target cells were used. This cytotoxicity was distinct from the gamma interferon-related cytotoxicity against C. trachomatis-infected targets that we described previously.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Infection and immunity|
|State||Published - 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases