In Vitro Assessment of Cellular Immunity in Human Coccidioidomycosis: Relationship between Dermal Hypersensitivity, Lymphocyte Transformation, and Lymphokine Production by Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells from Healthy Adults

Neil M. Ampel, George C. Bejarano, Steven D. Salas, John N. Galgiani

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Dermal hypersensitivity in coccidioidomycosis was compared with three simultaneous measures of in vitro cellular immunity using 35 healthy donors living in an area endemic for coccidioidomycosis. Twenty donors had >5 mm induration to usual-strength spherulin and were considered skin test-positive. Mononuclear cells from these individuals were more responsive by lymphocyte transformation (12, 541 ± 3746 vs. -112 ± 260 cpm, P =.007) and produced significantly more interleukin-2 (3481 ± 1067 vs.-5±69cpm, P <.001)andinterferon-γ(1831 ±481 vs. 75 ± 58 pg/ml, P <.001) than cells from skin test-negative donors in response to a coccidioi-dal antigen. However, the correlation between the skin test size and the magnitude of the in vitro response among skin test-positive donors was poor (R2= 0.08, P =.24). These results indicate that healthy individuals with dermal hypersensitivity to Coccidioides immitis can be distinguished from those without hypersensitivity by their cellular in vitro response to a coccidioidal antigen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)710-715
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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