Role of lymphocytes in macrophage-induced killing of Coccidioides immitis in vitro

L. Beaman, E. Benjamini, Demosthenes Pappagianis

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Peritoneal macrophages from normal mice phagocytized arthroconidia and endospores of Coccidioides immitis without affecting the viability of the spores within 4 h after infection. In contrast, macrophages, when infected in the presence of lymphocytes from immune mice, significantly reduced the viability of phagocytized endospores and arthroconidia. The inability of macrophages from normal mice to kill C. immitis may in part be explained by the observation that C. immitis appeared to inhibit fusion of the phagosomes containing fungal spores with the lysosomes within the macrophages. However, fusion of phagosomes containing spores and lysosomes was observed in macrophages infected in the presence of lymphocytes from immune mice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-353
Number of pages7
JournalInfection and Immunity
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1981


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  • Immunology

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