Oral Peptidoglycan-Poly saccharide Stimulates Systemic Immunocompetency in Germ-free Mice

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Woolverton, C. J. ; Holt, L. C. ; Sartor, R. B. (2011)
  • Publisher: Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease
  • Journal: Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease (issn: 1651-2235)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3402/mehd.v7i4.8296

Germ-free and conventional mice were fed sterile peptidoglycan-polysaccharide polymers to determine whether intestinal bacterial cell wall products influence systemic immunity. Germ-free mice fed saline had significantly less footpad swelling after challenge with sheep erythrocytes than conventional mice. Feeding peptidoglycan-polysaccharide polymers to germ-free mice restored their deficient cellular immune response to conventional levels. Feeding peptidoglycan-polysaccharide did not alter anti-erythrocyte antibody production in germ-free mice. Spontaneous in vitro proliferation of unfractionated splenocytes taken from germ-free mice fed peptidoglycan-polysaccharide polymers was enhanced compared with proliferation of splenocytes from germ-free mice fed human serum albumin. In vitro conconavalin A stimulation of unfractionated splenocytes obtained from germ-free mice fed cell wall polymers resulted in a significant decrease in proliferation relative to that seen for germ-free mice fed human serum albumin. Respective proliferation results were abrogated when splenocytes were fractionated by removal of plastic-adherent cells. These results suggest that luminal peptidoglycan-polysaccharide polymers are important in the functional development of systemic cellular immunity, and that plastic-adherent splenocytes regulate this response.Keywords - Germ free, Peptidoglycan, Delayed-type hypersensitivity, Splenocyte proliferation, Immunoregulation.
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