Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, June 22nd, 2004
According to recent research from Brazil, "Recent studies have revealed an important role for CTLA-4 as a negative regulator of T cell activation. In the present study, we evaluated the importance of CTLA-4 to the immune response against the intracellular protozoan, Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas' disease."
"We observed that the expression of CTLA-4 in spleen cells from naive mice cultured in the presence of live trypomastigote forms of T. cruzi increases over time of exposure. Furthermore, spleen cells harvested from recently infected...
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