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Cellular Immunity to Influenza Vaccination

Monitoring of immune responses is essential in the care of immunosuppressed individuals, including rheumatic patients. Evaluation of cellular immunity is essential for confirming virus-specific effector cell functions, but it is poorly standardized, and suffers from technical limitations and inaccurate results. There is, therefore, a need for reliable techniques for assessing cell-mediated immunity. In this study we compared the cell-mediated immunity response to influenza vaccine between a population of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients and healthy subjects by three methods. Methods: Trivalent influenza subunit vaccine was administered to 18 RA patients who were taking diseasemodifying antirheumatic drugs and to 18 healthy controls. Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMCs) and sera were obtained immediately before and ~28 days after vaccination. Cell-mediated immunity responses to vaccination were evaluated by (1) flow cytometric analysis of IL-2/IFN-γ production in activated CD4/CD8 T-cells, (2) enzymelinked immunosorbent assay for the analysis of IFN-γ secretion, and (3) Granzyme B activity assay. Humoral response was evaluated by the hemagglutination inhibition assay. Results: Vaccination induced a significant increase in PBMC IFN-γ secretion and Granzyme B activity in the RA patients. Granzyme B activity also significantly increased in the controls, but there was no change in the levels of secreted IFN-γ.

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