Human Monocytes - CD14, CD16 - Ziegler-Heitbrock


Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients expressing the HLA-DRB1*04 allele, and after treatment they show a low frequency of HLA-II+ monocytes and a chronic systemic inflammation.


Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacilli Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb); most TB patients are infected with strains of Mtb sensitive to first-line drugs (DS-TB), but in the last years has been increased the presence of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). HLA class II (HLA-II) is expressed on antigen-presenting cells and reported the association between HLA alleles and DS-TB in the Mexican population. We studied HLA-II + CD16+ monocytes frequency and its relation with a pro-inflammatory profile during DS-TB versus MDR-TB, both before as in response to anti-tuberculosis treatment. Peripheral blood was obtained from MDR-TB at the basal time (before use of therapy), 1, 3, and 8 months of anti-TB therapy (moTBt), whereas DS-TB at basal and 1 and 6 moTBt. Our data showed that contrary to DS-TB, MDR-TB patients have decreased the frequency of HLA-II + monocytes and increased the pro-inflammatory CD16+ monocytes from basal time until 8 moTBt. Similarly, only MDR-TB patients still have a high plasma level of IFN-gamma and TNF pro-inflammatory cytokines for a long-time, and although MDR-TB patients showed an increased level of the soluble form of TIM3 and GAL9 at baseline, those molecules decreased as a response to anti-TB therapy. Finally, our data indicated that MDR-TB displayed DRB1*04 allele, suggesting an association between the infection by multidrug-resistance Mtb strain and the presence of the DRB1*04 allele in Mexican TB patients.

Authors: Ocaña-Guzman R, Tellez-Navarrete NA, Preciado-Garcia M, Ponce-Gallegos MA, Buendia-Roldan I, Falfán-Valencia R, Chavez-Galan L,
Journal: Microb Pathog; 2021 Volume 153, April, 104793. doi:10.1016/j.micpath.2021.104793
Year: 2021
PubMed: PMID: 33582220 (Go to PubMed)