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Features of Reduction of Th1, Th5 Lymphocytes Functions After Intoxication of Various Toxic Chemicals

*Corresponding author: Pavel F Zabrodsky, Saratov Medical University “REAVIZ”, Saratov, Russia.

Received: June 11, 2019; Published: June 27, 2019

DOI: 10.34297/AJBSR.2019.03.000698


Experiments on random-bred albino rats showed that organophosphorus compound (malathion) acute intoxication (0.5 LD50) in the greater degree reduces function of Th1 lymphocytes and bound with them of delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) reaction and production IFNγ, in comparison with function of Th5 lymphocytes and synthesis of IL-4 by them; the opposite effect is characteristic for methanol (0.5 LD50; decreases Th5-lymphocytes function (IgG and IL-4 production) to a greater extent); acetonitrile and trichloromethane acute intoxications (0.5 LD50) invokes a reduction of functions of Th1 and Th5 lymphocytes and production of cytokines by them (IFNγ and IL-4) equally.

Keywords: Toxic Chemical; Immunotoxity; Th1, Th5 Lymphocytes; Cytokines

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Toxic chemicals (TCh) may have a different effect on Th1, Th5 lymphocyte function, identifying features of the humoral and cellular immune response, leading to infectious complications and diseases [1-6]. It is interesting to study the effects of TCh (organophosphorus compounds, nitriles, alcohols and chlorinated hydrocarbons), widely used in industry and agriculture, on the activity of Th1, Th5 lymphocytes, which can cause acute poisoning in case of accidents at chemical plants and safety violations [2,3,7]. It should be noted that there is a possibility of using organophosphorus compounds (along with other chemical warfare agents) as chemical warfare agents for terrorist, criminal and military purposes, which can lead to mass destruction of people [2,3,8-10].

Th1 cells, participating in the implementation of the cellular immune response, producing IFN-γ. Th5 lymphocytes (in particular, synthesizing IL-4) are involved in the formation of humoral immune responses, contributing to the production by B lymphocytes (plasma cells) of immunoglobulins of the main classes (IgG1, IgA, IgE and IgD [3,11]. From the ratio Th1, Th5 type lymphocyte activity (their function) may depend on the likelihood of respectively viral or microbial infections [3,4,11,12], also the formation of skin or respiratory hypersensitivity [4,13,14]. Thus, the activity of Th5-lymphocytes is associated with the synthesis of IgE, which provide respiratory manifestation of allergic reactions [2-4,11,14].

Thus, knowing the characteristics of Th1 and Th5 lymphocyte TCh lesions, it is possible not only to predict the risk of development of cellular or humoral immunity, leading to various infectious complications and diseases, but also to make choices that are adequate to the nature of the immune status of the immunomodulators [2-4,7,11,14].

Aim of the study

The aim of the study was to determine the types of dysfunction of Th1, Th5-lymphocytes and their production of cytokines, respectively, IFN-γ and IL-4 in the formation of suppression of humoral and cellular immune reactions in acute intoxication with various toxic chemicals.

Materials and Methods

The experiments were performed on random-bred albino rats of both sexes weighing 180-240 g. TCh (malathion - MT – [O,O-Dimethyl- S- (1,2-dicarbethoxyethyl) dithiophosphate]; methanol - MTh, acetonitrile- AN and trichloromethane -TChM) (Sigma-Aldrich] was administered subcutaneously at a single dose of 0.5 LD . LD50 of MT, MTh, AN and TChM for rats after subcutaneous administration was, respectively, 815,4±28,0, 8050,0±430, 1750±95 and 6010±615 mg/kg. Immunity system indicators were evaluated by generally accepted methods in experimental immunotoxicology and immunology [2,3,11] after administered of TCh (acute intoxication). The control group of rats was administered subcutaneously at a single dose of 0.25% aqueous solution (1,0 ml) of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). TCh was administered subcutaneously in 1.0-1.5 ml of a 0.25% solution of DMSO. TCh was dissolved in DMSO, a 0.25% aqueous solution containing a toxicant was prepared

The function of Th1 lymphocytes was determined by delayed- type hypersensitivity (DTH) reaction. The DTH was studied in animals by weight gain of the hind paw foot in %. The resolving dose of RSBC (5×108) was administered under the aponeurosis of foot of the hind paw on 4 days after immunization, which was performed intraperitoneally almost simultaneously with the administered of TCh. The reaction of DTH was evaluated after 24 h [2,3,5,6].

The function of Th5 lymphocytes was investigated by the number antibody-forming cells (AFC) in the spleen, synthesizing IgG to sheep blood cells (RSBC), in the spleen on 8 days after intraperitoneally immunization 2×108 RSBC almost simultaneously with the administered of TCh) by indirect local hemolysis in the gel [2,3,11].

The concentration of immunoregulatory cytokines IFN-γ (#MBS824935) and IL-4 (# MBS2883072), proinflammatory cytokine IL-6 (# MBS2885203)) [3,15] was examined in rat blood plasma, respectively, on 5 and 8 days after the first injection of TCh using kits (ELISA Kits MyBioSoure) in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Blood for research was taken from the retroorbital venous sinus. The data obtained were processed statistically using the Student’s t-test. Differences between the parameters were considered reliable at p<0.05.


Under the influence of TCh (Table 1) - malathion, methanol, acetonitrile, trichloromethane - there was a decrease in the function of Th1 lymphocytes, assessed by the DTH reaction compared to the control level, respectively, in 2.27; 1.39; 1.86 and 1.53 times (p<0.05). The activity of Th5 lymphocytes after acute intoxication of MT, MTh, AN and TChM on day 8 after immunization of RSBC, estimated by the concentration of IgG (the number of AFC in the spleen), decreased, respectively, by 1.51; 1.95; 1.78 and 1.49 times (p <0.05).

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Table 1:

Thus, the parameters characterizing various immune reactions and the associated functions of Th1 and Th5 lymphocytes, under the action of MT decreased in 2.27 and 1.51 times, respectively, and with MTh acute intoxication – in 1.39 and 1.95 times, AN acute intoxication – in 1.86 and 1.78 times, with TChM acute intoxication – in 1.53 and 1.49 times, respectively. This suggests that under the influence of the organophosphorus compound (MT) acute intoxication the greater degree reduces functions of Th1 lymphocytes, MTh causes a reduction of mainly Th5 lymphocytes activity, and AN and TChM acute intoxications the Th1 and Th5 lymphocytes are equally impaired.

The revealed features of the lesion of various TCh of Th1- and Th5 lymphocytes functions is confirmed by a study of the concentration of cytokines in the blood of rats (Table 2). After acute intoxication of organophosphorus compound (MT), there was decrease of the concentrations of IFN-γ and IL-4, respectively, in 2.21 and 1.65 times (p <0.05), after MTh acute intoxication - in 1.46 and 2.05 times (p <0.05), AN - 1.98 and 2.22 times (p <0.05), after exposure of TChM – in 2.72 and 1.80 times (p <0.05), respectively.

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Table 2: The effect of various toxic chemicals acute intoxication (0.5 LD50)) on concentrations of cytokines in the blood of rats, pg/ml (М+m, n =8)

An increase in the IFN-γ/IL-4 ratio characterizes a decrease of the functional activity of Th5 lymphocytes as compared with the function of Th1 cells, and a decrease in this ratio indicates a greater suppression of the activity of Th1 lymphocyte lymphocytes compared to Th5 cells [2,3]. We found that the ratio of IFN-γ / IL-4 in acute intoxication with MT, MTh, AN and TChM was 4.6±0.4 (p<0.05); 8.8±0.7 (p <0.05); 7.0±0.6 and 6.5± 0.7, respectively (control - 6.2±0.2). This confirms the results testifying about the features of lesion of Th1 and Th5 cell damage by various TCh.


The main mechanisms of dysregulation of immunogenesis and the function of T and B immunity with organophosphorus compound (MT) acute intoxication are: changes in the redistribution of immunocytes between the organs of the immune system; violation of the cooperation of T-and B-lymphocytes; inhibition T-cell acetylcholinesterase, natural killer cells (NK) acetylcholinesterase and acetylcholinesterase of cells of antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC); effect on cholinergic receptors of immunocompetent cells of high acetylcholine concentrations; immunosuppressive effect of corticosteroids [2,3,16-18].

The immunotoxic effect under the action of methanol mainly associated with the reduction of IgG production (Th1 and B cells functions), is also associated with the suppression of B lymphocyte function due to a violation of folic acid metabolism, the immunosuppressive effect of corticosteroids, the initiation of immunocyte lipid peroxidation. It should be noted that the immunotoxic effect of methanol is predominantly associated with the action of metabolites of MTh - formaldehyde and formic acid [1,2,19]. Th5 lymphocytes are probably more sensitive to the highly toxic metabolites of biotransformation of methanol formaldehyde and formic acid [1,2].

An important role in the implementation of the immunotoxicity of AN is played not so much by the toxicant as its toxic metabolites, in particular hydrogen cyanide. It is cyanide by inhibiting component a3 of cytochrome-c-oxidase of the system of enzymes of tissue respiration of mitochondria of immunocompetent cells, which determines the main immunotoxic effect of AN. It should be noted that hydrogen cyanide during the metabolism of AN enters the system of tissue respiration of mitochondria of cells of the lymphoid organs within a few hours (up to a day). In addition, AN inhibits of T lymphocytes acetylcholinesterase, NK and ADCC cells acetylcholinesterase (to a lesser extent than organophosphorus compound) [2,20].

In the mechanism of damage to the immune system after TChM acute intoxication, activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system (the action of corticosteroids) [2,3,16,17], initiation of lipid peroxidation and inhibition of acetylcholinesterase T lymphocytes, NK and ADCC cells plays a significant role [2].


Thus, the various toxic chemicals acute intoxication (in equiletal dose 0.5 LD50) can lead to relatively greater damage to Th1 or Th5 lymphocytes, as well as disrupt their function equally. Organophosphorus compound (malathion) acute intoxication in the greater degree reduces function of Th1 lymphocytes and production IFNγ, in comparison with of Th5 lymphocytes function and synthesis of IL-4 by them; the opposite effect is characteristic for methanol (decreases Th5 lymphocytes function and IL-4 production to a greater extent); acetonitrile and trichloromethane acute intoxications invokes a reduction of function of Th1 and Th5 lymphocytes and production of cytokines by them (IFNγ and IL-4) equally.


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