Immune activation during measles

β2-microglobulin in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid in complicated and uncomplicated disease

Diane Griffin, Brian J. Ward, Enrique Juaregui, Richard Johnson, Abraham Vaisberg

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Abstract

β2-microglobuIin (β2m) is a small protein that forms the light chain of the class I major histocompatibility molecule and is also present in soluble form in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Measles is associated with immune activation and evidence of immunologic abnormalities that persist for several weeks. To assess further the immunologic changes occurring during measles, β2m was measured in plasma and CSF. β2m became elevated during measles before the onset of the rash and was highest during the rash. Elevations persisted for several weeks and correlated well with levels of soluble interleukin-2 receptor and neopterin and less well with soluble CD8. CSF β2m was elevated in postmeasles encephalomyelitis. Plasma levels of β2m did not correlate with spontaneous proliferation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) or with in vitro production of β2m by cultured PBMC. The data suggest that increases in β2m in measles correlate better with cytokine production than with cell proliferation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1170-1173
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume166
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

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Measles
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Exanthema
Blood Cells
Neopterin
Encephalomyelitis
Histocompatibility
Interleukin-2 Receptors
Cell Proliferation
Cytokines
Light
Serum
Proteins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Immunology

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Immune activation during measles : β2-microglobulin in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid in complicated and uncomplicated disease. / Griffin, Diane; Ward, Brian J.; Juaregui, Enrique; Johnson, Richard; Vaisberg, Abraham.

In: Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol. 166, No. 5, 1992, p. 1170-1173.

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