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Abstract

This study was designed to determine the roles of STAT proteins in defence against mycobacterial infection. Airborne infection of STAT4 knockout (KO) mice with a strain induced large granulomas with massive neutrophil infiltration over time, while that in STAT6 KO mice did not. The STAT4 KO mice succumbed to mycobacterial infection by the 80th day after infection. Compared with the levels in wild-type (WT) and STAT6 KO mice, pulmonary inducible nitric oxide synthase, interferon-α, -β and -γ mRNA levels were significantly lower in STAT4 KO mice, but expression of interleukin-2, -6, -12 and -18 mRNAs was slightly higher up to the fifth week after aerial infection. Therefore, STAT4, but not STAT6, appears to be a critical transcription factor in mycobacterial regulation.

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