Immune responses to Toxoplasma gondii
Current opinion in immunology
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite that can cause severe complications in the newborn and immunocompromised individuals. The parasite evokes a strong innate immune response in the infected hosts which is followed by a robust adaptive immunity. In the last few years, importance of innate immune mechanisms dependent on the role of MyD-88 independent pathways, inflammatory monocytes and innate lymphocyte have been identified. However, notwithstanding the strong immune response to the parasite, the chronic infection persists in the host. The inability to prevent chronic infection can be attributed to aberration in the memory CD8 T cell response caused by an increased expression of inhibitory receptors that leads to their dysfunctionality.
Khan, Imtiaz A. and Moretto, Magali, "Immune responses to Toxoplasma gondii" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 1249.
Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine