Interleukin 7 (IL-7) has an important function in the development and maintenance of IL-17A+ γδ T cells. We here constructed a recombinant Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guérin expressing antigen 85B (Ag85B)-IL-7 fusion protein (rBCG-Ag85B-IL-7). The Ag85B-IL-7 fusion protein and IL-7 were detected in the bacterial lysate of rBCG-Ag85B-IL-7. rBCG-Ag85B-IL-7 was the same in number as control rBCG expressing Ag85B (rBCG-Ag85B) in the lung at the early stage after intravenous inoculation, whereas the numbers of IL-17A+ γδ T cells and Ag-specific Th1 cells were significantly higher in the lungs of mice inoculated with rBCG-Ag85B-IL-7 than those inoculated with rBCG-Ag85B. The Ag-specific Th1 cell response was impaired in mice lacking IL-17A+ γδ T cells after inoculation with rBCG-Ag85B-IL-7. Thus, rBCG-Ag85B-IL-7 increases the pool size of IL-17A+ γδ T cells, which subsequently augment the Th1 response to mycobacterial infection.
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- Molecular Medicine
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases