In dams treated with CTB or CTB-PDI, IL-17A- and Foxp3-transcript levels were similar. Intranasal application of antigens represents an efficient and highly effective way of immunization. Following application upon the highly
resorbing mucosal surface, antigens are deposited directly to the appropriate immunocompetent lymphoid tissues, which then stimulate humoral and cellular immune responses, both locally and systemically in the mucosa [31-37]. In this study, CT adjuvant and the nontoxic B subunit CTB were employed for the intranasal vaccination of mice against challenge infection with N. caninum tachyzoites. We have reported earlier on the protection Doxorubicin ic50 against acute neosporosis in nonpregnant mice mediated by intranasally applied recNcPDI HCS assay emulsified in CT adjuvant [17, 18]. These findings were confirmed in this study. In contrast, application of CTB adjuvants alone or recNcPDI emulsified in CTB did not confer any protection against challenge infection with N. caninum tachyzoites but appeared to be exhibit detrimental effects, associated with a Th1-biased splenic cytokine transcript expression, but no changes in splenic IL-17A transcription (indicative for Inflammatory response) and Foxp3-transcript expression (indicative for Treg activation) when compared with an uninfected control. Conversely, the high-level protection observed
in the CT-PDI group was associated with an IgG1-biased humoral immune response Sclareol and significantly increased expression of Th2 cytokine and IL-17A transcripts in spleens compared with the CT control group, and Foxp3 transcript expression levels appeared diminished. However, when identically vaccinated mice underwent pregnancy and were challenged by N. caninum infection, the protective effect of CT-PDI vaccination was lost. The loss of protection was associated with a decreased expression of Th2 cytokine transcripts and increased expression of splenic Th1 cytokine and IL-17A transcripts. It is likely that this high expression of inflammatory cytokines, and associated increased cellular immunity, contributed to the
significantly increased number of stillborn mice in the CT-PDI group. In addition, the down-regulation of Foxp3 expression, indicating a decreased activity of Treg cells, could also have contributed to the lack of protection and/or could even have been detrimental to pregnancy. This suggested that vaccination with recNcPDI emulsified in CT clearly interfered in the balanced cytokine network, which is involved in ensuring a successful outcome of pregnancy. It was shown that the maintenance of the balance between Th1- and Th2-type immune responses during pregnancy is critical. Changes in hormone levels during pregnancy act on the innate and adaptive immunity and induce a Th2-type biased immune response by decreasing IFN-γ, TNF and IL-12 production and increasing IL-4 and IL-10 expressions or by affecting T-cell or APC functions directly .