Elevated blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability is associated with both the protective and pathological invasion of immune and inflammatory cells into CNS tissues. Although a variety of processes have been implicated in the changes at the BBB that result in the loss of integrity, there has been no consensus as to their induction. TNF-alpha has often been proposed to be responsible for increased BBB permeability but there is accumulating evidence that peroxynitrite (ONOO(-))-dependent radicals may be the direct trigger. We demonstrate here that enhanced BBB permeability in mice, whether associated with rabies virus (RV) clearance or CNS autoimmunity, is unaltered in the absence of TNF-alpha. Moreover, the induction of TNF-alpha expression in CNS tissues by RV infection has no impact on BBB integrity in the absence of T cells. CD4 T cells are required to enhance BBB permeability in response to the CNS infection whereas CD8 T cells and B cells are not. Like CNS autoimmunity, elevated BBB permeability in response to RV infection is evidently mediated by ONOO(-). However, as opposed to the invading cells producing ONOO(-) that have been implicated in the pathogenesis of CNS inflammation, during virus clearance ONOO(-) is produced without pathological sequelae by IFN-gamma-stimulated neurovascular endothelial cells.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||The Journal of Immunology|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2007|