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T-lymphocyte subsets in patients with hookworm infection in Zaria, Nigeria.

Peripheral lymphocyte subsets CD3, CD4, CD8 were studied using monoclonal antibodies to determine the mechanism of immunosuppression observed in an earlier study with total T-cells using the sheep erythrocyte rosetting technique. The study was carried out in 37 Nigerian patients with hookworm infection (Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale and 17 healthy Nigerians as controls. The leucocyte migration inhibition (LMI) test was also carried out to assess the functional integrity of the lymphocytes, while the hookworm status of the patients was assessed by the Stoll technique for measuring egg counts. The results of the T-cell studied showed that CD3 and CD4 cell percentages were significantly depressed in hookworm patients compared to controls (P<0.05). The difference between mean CD8 percentages and absolutes in hookworms patients and controls were not significant. Absolute CD3 and CD4 numbers were not significantly lowered compared to controls in the study and CD4/CD8 ratios were insignificantly reduced. Patients with polyparasitism including hookworm infection showed significant reduction in CD3 and CD4 cells when compared with controls and with patients with hookworm infection alone. The leucocyte migration inhibition response to purified protein derivative of M. tuberculosis (PPD) was significantly decreased in hookworm patients compared to controls, confirming that functionally cell mediated immunity is depressed in hookworm infection.[1]


  1. T-lymphocyte subsets in patients with hookworm infection in Zaria, Nigeria. Onyemelukwe, G.C., Musa, B.O. African journal of medicine and medical sciences. (2001) [Pubmed]
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