Cytokines and Neutrophils in the Urinary Tract Mucosa

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This study investigated the urinary tract cytokine reponse to infection and the role of chemokines for neutrophil recruitment to the urinary tract. The results suggest that 1) IL-8 and TGFb are consitutively produced by uroepithelial cells in vivo, and that uroepithelial cells are stimulated to produce IL-1b and IL-6 by uropathogenic Escherichia coli. 2) MIP-2 (mouse IL-8 homologue) plays an important role in directing neutrophils to infected areas. MIP-2 concentrations showed a correlation to urine neutrophil numbers following experimental UTI in C3H/HeN mice. Anti-MIP-2 antibodies blocked neutrophil migration across the epithelium, resulting in neutrophil accumulation in the sub-epithelial space. 3) The role of neutrophils for bacterial clearance from the urinary tract was studied in C3H/HeN and C3H/HeJ mice. C3H/HeJ mice had a poor neutrophil response and were highly susceptible to infection. Blocking of neutrophil recruitment in C3H/HeN mice with anti-neutrophil antibody impaired bacterial clearance resulting in increase bacterial numbers, comparable to the C3H/HeJ mice. C3H/HeJ mice also showed a weak epithelial MIP-2 response. 4) Infection of IL-8 receptor knock out (mIL-8Rh KO) mice caused neutrophil accumulation in kidney and bladder tissues as the neutrophils failed to cross the epithelial barrier. The mIL-8Rh KO mice were susceptible to UTI and renal tissue damage was seen following long-term infection. These studies illustrate the importance of epithelial chemokines and chemokine receptors for neutrophil recruitment to the mucosa and for resistance to infection.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Division of Microbiology, Immunology and Glycobiology - MIG
  • [unknown], [unknown], Supervisor, External person
Award date2000 Apr 27
Print ISBNs91-628-4034-7
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Bibliographical note

Defence details

Date: 2000-04-27
Time: 10:15
Place: Rune Grubb Salen, Sölvegatan 21, Lund

External reviewer(s)

Name: Jodal, Ulf
Title: Docent
Affiliation: Institutionen för Pediatrik och Pediatrisk Radiologi, Drottning Silvias Barn-och ungdomssjukhus, Sahlgrenska Universitets sjukhuset, Göteborg, Sverige


Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Microbiology in the medical area
  • Immunology in the medical area


  • Immunology
  • neutrophils
  • chemokines
  • urinary tract infection
  • mucosa
  • epithelial cells
  • serology
  • transplantation
  • Immunologi
  • serologi


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