Lactoferrin: a modulator for immunity against tuberculosis related granulomatous pathology. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Lactoferrin: A Modulator for Immunity against Tuberculosis Related Granulomatous Pathology.
Mediators Inflamm. 2015 ;2015:409596. Epub 2015 Dec 14. PMID: 26788020
Jeffrey K Actor
There is great need for a therapeutic that would limit tuberculosis related pathology and thus curtail spread of disease between individuals by establishing a"firebreak"to slow transmission. A promising avenue to increase current therapeutic efficacy may be through incorporation of adjunct components that slow or stop development of aggressive destructive pulmonary pathology. Lactoferrin, an iron-binding glycoprotein found in mucosal secretions and granules of neutrophils, is just such a potential adjunct therapeutic agent. The focus of this review is to explore the utility of lactoferrin to serve as a therapeutic tool to investigate"disruption"of the mycobacterial granuloma. Proposed concepts for mechanisms underlying lactoferrin efficacy to control immunopathology are supported by data generated based on in vivo models using nonpathogenic trehalose 6,6'-dimycolate (TDM, cord factor).