Rethinking T cell immunity in oropharyngeal candidiasis

Liise Anne Pirofski, Arturo Casadevall

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The disproportionate increase in oropharyngeal candidiasis (OPC) compared with systemic and vaginal candidiasis in female patients with AIDS has been a paradox for almost three decades. New data now show that severe OPC develops in Th17-deficient mice, but not Th1-deficient mice, implicating Th17-induced effector molecules in resistance to oral disease. These findings clarify and extend our current thinking about how CD4 T cell deficiency influences susceptibility to OPC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-273
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Experimental Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 16 2009
Externally publishedYes

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