Veterinary immunology and immunopathology vol:73 issue:2 pages:145-54
To investigate the contribution of different bovine cell subpopulations in the development of in vitro induced responses by Ostertagia ostertagi third larval antigen extract (L3), bovine abomasal lymph node cell suspensions were depleted of specific cell populations. The depleted cell suspensions were subsequently assayed for their proliferative responses to O. ostertagi L3 antigen extract. Proliferative responses to O. ostertagi L3 antigen extract were restricted to a CD2+ CD4- CD8- cell population and MHC II+ cells different from B-cells were of major importance. Depletion of CD4, CD8, CD4CD8, IgM or CD21 positive cells did not decrease proliferation to L3 antigen extract. Depletion of gammadelta T-cells, which also comprise a subpopulation of CD2+ CD4- CD8- cells, reduced proliferation to L3 antigen extract only in one animal. The results suggest that either gammadelta T-cells could be involved in the proliferation or that another as yet unidentified population is important for proliferation. The precise role of these populations during infection with O. ostertagi and the mechanism by which these cells may influence the host immune response are important issues that remain to be elucidated.