MF-59 adjuvant influence on the functions of gammadelta T cells in HIV-1 + adults immunized with influenza seasonal vaccine

Daniela Fenoglio, M. R. Zocchi, A. Parodi, P. Durando, G. Gabutti, R. Gasparini, A. Poggi

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Introduction. We previously reported that in HIV-1 infected patients circulating Vdelta1 T lymphocytes (Vδ1) increase and proliferate in vitro in response to Candida albicans (Ca). Herein, we analysed the effects of MF59 adjuvant on the Vδ1 T cell responses to hemagglutinin (HA) and Ca in HIV-1 seropositive and seronegative adults after influenzal vaccine, to clarify the molecular mechanisms triggered in vivo by an adjuvanted vaccine against influenza virus. Materials and methods. 58 seropositive (HIV-1 +) and 48 seronegative (HIV-1-) subjects received influenzal vaccines containing or not the MF59 adjuvant. The follow-up of in vitro T cell proliferation and cytokine production (IL-17A, IL-22, IL-23, IL-6) to HA and Ca antigens were performed at different time points (at basal time and after 30 and 90 days from vaccination) by cytofluorimetric approaches. Results. We confirmed that in HIV-1 infected individuals the Vδ1 T cell subset is expanded in HIV-1 infected individuals and moreover the number of circulating Vδ1 T cells significantly enhanced in all HIV-1 + subjects on day 90 after influenza vaccination. Regard the follow-up of proliferative responses, the increments of CD3 + response to HA and Vδ1 T cells to Ca in HIV-1 + individuals were detectable earlier on day 30 for MF59-vaccinated patients, instead on day 90 post-vaccination in HIV +-vaccinated without MF59 adjuvant. Of note, production of IL-17A and IL-22, two cytokines with anti-fungal activity, in response to Ca was enhanced (for IL-17A) or restored (for IL-22) by vaccination in HIV-1 + donors, mainly using the MF59-adjuvanted vaccine. Moreover, after vaccination IL-23 and IL-6 production increased in response to HA in the HIV + and HIV- groups vaccinated with MF59 adjuvant. Conclusions. We suggest that in HIV-1 infected patients the circulating Vδ1 T lymphocytes reactive to Ca upon challenge with influenza virus vaccine receive an activating/enhancing signal mediated by cytokines triggered by the boost with HA antigen particularly in presence of MF59 adjuvant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-141
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011


  • Gammadelta T cells
  • HIV-1
  • Inflammatory cytokines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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