Aug 18, 2016

Tuberculosis susceptibility and vaccine protection are independently controlled by host genotype

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Clare M SmithChristopher M Sassetti


The outcome of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection and the immunological response to the Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG) vaccine are highly variable in humans. Deciphering the relative importance of host genetics, environment, and vaccine preparation on BCG efficacy has proven difficult in natural populations. We developed a model system that captures the breadth of immunological responses observed in outbred individuals, which can be used to understand the contribution of host genetics to vaccine efficacy. This system employs a panel of highly-diverse inbred mouse strains, consisting of the founders and recombinant progeny of the Collaborative Cross. Unlike natural populations, the structure of this panel allows the serial evaluation of genetically-identical individuals and quantification of genotype-specific effects of interventions such as vaccination. When analyzed in the aggregate, our panel resembled natural populations in several important respects; the animals displayed a broad range of Mtb susceptibility, varied in their immunological response to infection, and were not durably protected by BCG vaccination. However, when analyzed at the genotype level, we found that these phenotypic differences were heritable. Mtb...Continue Reading

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Equine Laminitis
Vaccination Against Tuberculosis
Mtb8.4 protein, Mycobacterium tuberculosis
BCG Vaccine

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