Granuloma formation and killing functions of granuloma in congenitally athymic nude mice infected with Blastomyces dermatitidis and Paracoccidioides brasiliensis

Mycopathologia. 1983 Jun 20;82(3):129-41. doi: 10.1007/BF00439218.


We did this experiment to clarify the mechanism of granuloma formation and the killing functions of granuloma in nude mice against Blastomyces dermatitidis and Paracoccidioides brasiliensis infections. B. dermatitidis A-295 and P. brasiliensis B-1183 were the cultures used. Congenitally athymic nude (nu/nu) mice and their heterozygous (nu/+) littermates of BALB/c background were the test animals. From culture A-295, 0.1% and 1% cell suspensions (wet weight) were prepared and from culture B-1183 0.2% and 2% cells suspensions were prepared. Ten nu/+ and 10 nu/nu mice were allotted to each of four cell suspensions. For experimental blastomycosis each mouse was inoculated intravenously with 0.2 ml of the cell suspension of A-295 and for experimental paracoccidioidomycosis, with 0.15 ml of the cell suspension of B-1183. Two mice from each of the four groups were killed at 5, 8, 12, 18 and 25 days after inoculation, and histopathologic sections, stained with H&E or by PAS, were prepared from various internal organs. In the nu/nu mice inoculated with B. dermatitidis A-295 granuloma was formed in the brain tissue after the 12th day. However, mononuclear cells, which formed the granuloma, did not kill the fungal cells, and the fungal cells continued to multiply in the granuloma. On the other hand, in the heart, kidney and fat tissue, their histopathological findings after the 18th day were clumps of fungal cells with slight cell reactions. In these organs the exertion of cell-mediated immunity was necessary for granuloma formation against the fungal infection. In the nu/nu mice infected with P. brasiliensis B-1183, granuloma appeared in the brain and kidney after the 18th day and fungal cells continued to multiply within the granuloma as well as in those inoculated with culture A-295. These results show that the exertion of cell-mediated immunity plays an important role in the mouse's defense mechanisms against these fungal infections. We assume that the defense mechanisms of immunocompetent mice against B. dermatitidis or P. brasiliensis infection consist chiefly of two steps: in the first step phagocytosis by PMNs occurs and in the second step cell-mediated immunity enters into play.

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / pathology
  • Animals
  • Blastomyces / immunology*
  • Blastomycosis / immunology*
  • Blastomycosis / pathology
  • Brain / pathology
  • Fungi / immunology*
  • Granuloma / immunology*
  • Granuloma / pathology
  • Immunity, Cellular
  • Kidney / pathology
  • Liver / pathology
  • Lung / pathology
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Nude
  • Myocardium / pathology
  • Neutrophils / immunology
  • Paracoccidioides / immunology*
  • Paracoccidioidomycosis / immunology*
  • Paracoccidioidomycosis / pathology