Role of tumor necrosis factor alpha in the host response of mice to bacteremia caused by pneumolysin-deficient Streptococcus pneumoniae

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  • Pneumolysin-deficient mutant strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae are known to cause less-severe sepsis than wild-type pneumococcal strains that produce pneumolysin. This difference is associated with greater host resistance in mice infected with the pneumolysin-deficient strains. These studies show that the host resistance developed during the first 1 to 2 days after infection with a pneumolysin-deficient mutant strain is dependent on tumor necrosis factor alpha but is apparently independent of interleukin 1β (IL-1β) or IL-6. Survival beyond 5 days appeared to depend on the ability of the mice to produce IL-1β.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 7268888
  • Author List

  • Benton KA; VanCott JL; Briles DE
  • Start Page

  • 839
  • End Page

  • 842
  • Volume

  • 66
  • Issue

  • 2