Immunologic Research

, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 14–24

Immune evasive mechanisms contributing to persistent Leishmania donovani infection

Authors

    • Department of Pharmacology and Molecular SciencesThe Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Trupti Joshi
    • Department of Pharmacology and Molecular SciencesThe Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Rashmi Bankoti
    • Department of Pharmacology and Molecular SciencesThe Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12026-009-8135-4

Cite this article as:
Stäger, S., Joshi, T. & Bankoti, R. Immunol Res (2010) 47: 14. doi:10.1007/s12026-009-8135-4

Abstract

The protozoan parasite Leishmania donovani, a causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis, has evolved several strategies to interfere with the immune system and establish persistent infections that are potentially lethal. In this article, we discuss two mechanisms of immune evasion adopted by the parasite: the induction of immune suppressive IL-10 responses and the generation of poor and functionally impaired CD8+ T-cell responses.

Keywords

Chronic infectionParasitesImmune evasionIL-10CD8+ T-cell exhaustion

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