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Intranasal immunization with Naegleria fowleri lysates and Cry1Ac induces metaplasia in the olfactory epithelium and increases IgA secretion.

Parasite Immunology 2008 January
According to previous reports, intranasal administration of the Cry1Ac protein alone or with amoebic lysates increases protection against Naegleria fowleri meningoencephalitis in mice, apparently by eliciting IgA responses in the nasal mucosa. In the current study, we performed an immunohistochemical analysis of IgA in the nasal mucosa of mice immunized intranasally with Cry1Ac, and amoebic lysates or a combination of both. The animals were sacrificed 24 h after the last immunization or after an intranasal lethal challenge with N. fowleri. Our results indicate that all of the intranasal immunizations provoked an increase in areas with metaplasia in the olfactory epithelium, allowing for secretion of IgA. As a result, IgA antibodies were found interacting with trophozoites in the nasal lumen, and there was a marked increase of IgA in the metaplasic epithelium. On the other hand in nonimmunized mice trophozoites were observed invading the nasal mucosa, which was not the case for immunized mice. Our results suggest that intranasal immunization provokes cellular changes in the olfactory epithelium, leading to greater protection against N. fowleri that is probably caused by an increased secretion of IgA. The increased IgA response induced in the nasal mucosa by immunization probably impedes both amoebic adhesion and subsequent invasion of the parasite to the nasal epithelium.

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