Increased Inflammatory Response in Cytomegalovirus Seropositive Patients with Alzheimer's Disease
2014 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 9, no 5, e96779- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been associated with increased local inflammation in the affected brain regions, and in some studies also with elevated levels of proinflammatory cytokines in peripheral blood. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is known to promote a more effector-oriented phenotype in the T-cell compartment, increasing with age. The aim of this study was to investigate the inflammatory response of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from AD patients and non-demented (ND) controls. Using a multiplex Luminex xMAP assay targeting GM-CSF, IFN-gamma, IL-1 beta, IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-8, IP-10 and TNF-alpha, cytokine profiles from PBMCs were analysed after stimulation with anti-CD3/CD28 beads, CMV pp65 peptide mix or amyloid beta (A beta) protofibrils, respectively. CMV seropositive AD subjects presented with higher IFN-gamma levels after anti-CD3/ CD28 and CMV pp65 but not after Ab stimulation, compared to CMV seropositive ND controls. When analysing IFN-gamma response to anti-CD3/CD28 stimulation on a subgroup level, CMV seropositive AD subjects presented with higher levels compared to both CMV seronegative AD and CMV seropositive ND subjects. Taken together, our data from patients with clinically manifest AD suggest a possible role of CMV as an inflammatory promoter in AD immunology. Further studies of AD patients at earlier stages of disease, could provide better insight into the pathophysiology.
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2014. Vol. 9, no 5, e96779- p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-227733DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096779ISI: 000335728900093OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-227733DiVA: diva2:730926