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Define Type IV immunopathology

T cell-mediated events that are undesirable or injurious

○ Only type of immunopathology not requiring antibodies or B cells
○ Was known as: delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) → No mas!


Some examples where Type IV represents all or most of the mechanism:

1. poison ivy (contact dermatitis)
2. TB test +
3. Chronic beryllium disease
4. Abacavir in hiv patients
5. Graft rejection (allograft rejection)
6. GvH disease (allograft rejects host)
7. Resistance to Mycobacterium/fungus
8. autoimmune diseases


Tuberculin skin test aka "Mantoux skin test"
- what happens if you have Ab to TB?

Inject 0.1mL of purified protein derivative (PPD), aka a std prep of M. tuberculosis antigens, intradermally → see skin "bubble" → local macrophages or dendritic cells take up antigen → present on MHC Class II

you have expanded number of anti-tuberculosis Th1 memory cells → Th1 memory cells get stimulated → produce IFN-γ → attract M1 macrophages → after 48 hours, you see red/raised induration


Characterize the cells that would be seen in a 48-hour biopsy of the TB test site with regard to whether T cells or macrophages predominate.

You see a cellular infiltrate, not Th1.
○ Remember that one Th1 can attract 1000 macrophages? Yea …macrophages win.


Explain why a person usually has no observed symptoms when first exposed to poison ivy.

Thanx to our Immunization phase of immune response! (initiation phase)
□ Skin first gets exposed to oil of Toxicodendron radicans → oil contains urushiol → penetrate skin and binds to MHC (or binding peptides that eventually get presented on MHC) → dendritic cell w/ MHC goes to lymph node → presents MHC + antigen to Th0 precursors → develop into Th1 and Th17 → divide and voila! you are immunized and ready to respond . . . Next time


Discuss how a chemical or small peptide might not need to be processed through an antigen presenting cell to be presented by that cell to T cells.

• Chemicals or Small peptides can associated directly with MHC type II without having to be processed
○ If then mixed with pt's T cells → target cell death in hours



nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor for HIV treatment


Describe the problem that HLA-B*5701 people may have with the HIV drug abacavir

8% of people given abacavir develop abacavir hypersensitivity syndrome
○ Most people with this syndrome have HLA-B*5701 allele
-HLA-B*5701 allele is class I and works through CTLs → drug induced autoimmune rxn!
- Abacavir can bind to HLA-B57 and induce a conformational change


Discuss in principle how T cell immunity could be measured in the laboratory.

• Whole blood or isolated WBCs (as long as it has T cells AND APCs) are incubated with antigen in cell culture → observe for:
○ Proliferation: Count cell numbers
○ Activation ("blast transformation"): Look at cell size
○ DNA synthesis
○ Cytokines released


Differentiate between a first-set and second-set graft rejection.

First-set reaction:
• Skin graft from mouse strain A is inserted into mouse strain M → rejected in 10-20 days
• Recipient (M mouse) has differing MHC to A mouse. So recipient's response to mouse A histocompatability antigens become boosted → develops more anti-A Th1 and CTL

Second-set reaction:
• Another A skin graft is placed on same M recipient → rejected in 5-10 days (faster the second time around!)
• Secondary response results from T cell memory developed during first exposure (anti-A Th1 and CTL)


hyperacute rejection
- example

"White graft" reaction:
Hyperacute rejection → due to preexisting Ab
• If you keep putting A grafts onto B, eventually they will rejected even before they heal, that is, they stay white and bloodless.
○ This is due to the development of antibodies to histocompatibility antigens.

• Common when xenografts (from another species) are attempted.
○ Due to human pre-existing antibodies to ubiquitous carbohydrate epitopes which are present in the foreign species


What are Autoimmune conditions?

T cells are involved in the pathogenesis.


Discuss how autoimmunity can result from environmental exposure to tissues that cross-react with human organs.

If there is an antigen that is similar enough to a self-protein, exposure to the foreign antigen could create an immune response that ends up targeting self-protein as well


three requirements for graft-versus-host disease to occur.

1. The graft must contain immunocompetent T cells (even bone marrow has mature T cells in it).
2. There must be at least one antigen in the host which the graft’s T cells can recognize
- No worries with identical twins.
3. The host must be relatively immunoincompetent or unable for genetic reasons to recognize the graft’s MHC antigens, otherwise the graft would be rejected too rapidly.


graft-versus-leukemia phenomenon.

In leukemia, you are immunodeficient.

So get this: Graft vs Tumor (GVT) or "graft-vs leukemia" phenomenon:

• If Leukemia stopped responding to conventional therapy → give large drug doses or radiation (destroys bone marrow)→ then transplant marrow from best match allogenic donor → Graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) phenomenon
- Graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) phenomenon: Can see decreased relapse rate of leukemia after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. 
- Due to a therapeutic immune reaction of the grafted donor T lymphocytes against the diseased bone marrow of the recipient