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Iio, Kouji
Iio, Tomoe Ueno
Okui, Yuhei
Ichikawa, Hirohisa
Nakata, Yasunari
Abstract

Propionibacterium acnes has been implicated as an etiologic agent of sarcoidosis since the isolation of this bacterium from sarcoid lesions. We experimentally produced a murine pulmonary granuloma model using P. acnes with several features that simulate sarcoidosis. Mice were sensitized with heat-killed P. acnes and complete Freund's adjuvant and were subsequently challenged with heat-killed P. acnes at 2-week intervals. P. acnes-challenged mice developed epitheloid cell granulomas in the lungs. These mice showed a pulmonary immune response characterized by an increased number of T-lymphocytes, especially CD4 cells, and the ratio of CD4/CD8 in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid also increased. Furthermore, significant elevations in both angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) serum levels and antibody titers against P. acnes were observed. Mice sensitized with P. acnes without complete Freund's adjuvant were capable of forming pulmonary granulomas, which appeared to be caused by indigenous P. acnes. The genome of P. acnes was found in the lungs, BAL cells, hilar lymph nodes, liver, and spleen in non-sensitized mice, which were thought to be germ-free. These results suggest that the immune response against indigenous P. acnes may play an important role in the pathogenesis of granuloma formation in a murine model.

Keywords
Propionibacterium acnes
experimental granuloma
sarcoidosis
Amo Type
Original Article
Published Date
2010-04
Publication Title
Acta Medica Okayama
Volume
volume64
Issue
issue2
Publisher
Okayama University Medical School
Start Page
75
End Page
83
ISSN
0386-300X
NCID
AA00508441
Content Type
Journal Article
language
英語
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publisher
Refereed
True
PubMed ID
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