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Abstract

Objective—To investigate the concentration-dependent effects of Mannheimia haemolytica (formerly Pasteurella haemolytica) leukotoxin (LKT) on apoptosis and oncosis in bovine neutrophils and to examine the role of calcium ions (Ca2+) in LKT-induced apoptosis.

Sample Population—Neutrophils isolated from blood samples obtained from healthy calves.

Procedure—Neutrophil suspensions were exposed to lytic or sublytic dilutions of LKT and then examined by use of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) or gel electrophoresis. Contribution of extracellular Ca2+ to LKT-induced apoptosis was investigated by incubating neutrophils with LKT or control solutions in buffer containing 1 mM CaCl2 or in Ca2+-free buffer containing 1 mM ethylene glycol-bis (b-aminoethyl ether)- N,N-tetraacetic acid (EGTA) prior to diphenyl amine analysis.

Results—Examination by TEM revealed that bovine neutrophils exposed to lytic dilutions of LKT had changes consistent with oncosis, whereas neutrophils exposed to sublytic dilutions of LKT and staurosporin, an inducer of apoptosis, had changes consistent with apoptosis. Effects of sublytic dilutions of LKT on apoptosis were confirmed by gel electrophoresis. Replacement of extracellular Ca2+ with EGTA, a Ca2+ chelator, reduced apoptosis attributable to the calcium ionophore A23187, but it did not have significant effects on apoptosis induced by LKT or staurosporin.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—The ability of LKT to cause apoptosis instead of oncosis is concentration- dependent, suggesting that both processes of cell death contribute to an ineffective host-defense response, depending on the LKT concentration in pneumonic lesions. Furthermore, although Ca2+ promotes A23187-induced apoptosis, it is apparently not an essential second messenger for LKT-induced apoptosis. ( Am J Vet Res 2001;62:136–141)

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Abstract

Objective—To characterize ultrastructural changes of bovine lymphocytes exposed to Pasteurella haemolytica leukotoxin (LKT).

Sample Population—Partially purified LKT from a wild type P haemolytica A1 strain and inactive pro-LKT from an isogeneic mutant P haemolytica strain. Isolated bovine lymphocytes were obtained from 2 healthy calves.

Procedure—Isolated bovine lymphocytes were incubated with various concentrations of LKT and pro-LKT for 3 hours at 37 C and examined by use of transmission electron microscopy. A cytochemical Klenow DNA fragmentation assay was used to examine lymphocytes for DNA fragmentation.

Results—Lymphocytes incubated with LKT at a high concentration (1.0 toxic U/ml) had ultrastructural evidence of cytoplasmic and nuclear membrane rupture and swelling or lysis of mitochondria. Low concentrations of leukotoxin (0.1 toxic U/ml) induced DNA fragmentation in 80% of lymphocytes. Ultrastructurally, these cells had nuclear membrane blebbing, cytoplasmic vaculation, chromatin condensation, nuclear fragmentation, and membrane-bound apoptotic bodies. Incubation of lymphocytes with LKT at extremely low concentrations (0.001 toxic U/ml) or with pro-LKT did not alter their ultrastructure. Inclusion of 0.5 mM ZnCl2 in the medium blocked leukotoxin-induced ultrastructural changes in bovine lymphocytes.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Low concentrations of LKT induce apoptosis and high concentrations induce oncotic cell lysis in bovine lymphocytes. The ability of low LKT concentrations to induce apoptosis in host leukocytes may allow bacteria to escape host immune surveillance and colonize the host. (Am J Vet Res 2000;61:51–56)

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