Immunity to Listeria infection

Curr Opin Immunol. 2000 Aug;12(4):425-31. doi: 10.1016/s0952-7915(00)00112-6.


Infection with Listeria monocytogenes is a well studied model for understanding host resistance to intracellular bacteria. Recent advances in the study of Listeria have carefully quantitated the response of CD8(+) T cells to infection and analyzed the effector functions of these cells in vivo. A surprising role for antibody in mediating resistance to Listeria has also recently emerged, providing new insight into the mechanisms of host defense.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / immunology
  • Humans
  • Immunity / immunology
  • Listeriosis / immunology*
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • T-Lymphocytes / microbiology


  • Antibodies, Bacterial