Evaluation of the hepatic NK cells response during the early phase of Fasciola hepatica infection in rats

Omar Tliba, Alain Chauvin, Yves Le Vern, Chantal Boulard, Pierre Sibille

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The in situ distribution of NK cells in rat liver during the first 28 days of an experimental infection with F. hepatica was investigated. NK cells were distributed homogeneously throughout the hepatic parenchyma in uninfected animals. The total number of hepatic mononuclear cells increased significantly following infection, but the proportion of NK cells did not change. After infection, these cells were found around the portal space, around the centrolobular vein, in the periportal fibrosis and in the band of collagen. However, no NK cells could be detected in or around the granuloma during infection. The frequency of both IL-2-and IFNγ-producing NK cells was higher on day 7 postinfection (pi) but only the percentage of IFNγ+CD161+ subsets remained elevated thereafter, whereas the percentage of both IL-2+CD161+ and IL-4+CD161+ subsets returned to the baseline. The number of CD161+IL10+ cells did not change significantly. These results suggest that NK cells could be another source for the early production of IFNγ but provide no evidence that these cells are involved in early events associated with granuloma formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-332
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • veterinary(all)


  • Cytokine
  • Fasciola hepatica
  • Flow cytometry
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • NK cells

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