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      Acute Morphine Administration Reduces White Blood Cells’ Capability to Induce Innate Resistance against HSV-1 Infection in BALB/c Mice

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          Objective: It has been reported that acute morphine administration modulates innate immune response to herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) infection. In this study, the effect of acute morphine on innate resistance and its probable mechanisms in increasing the mortality rate during HSV-1 infection were investigated. Methods: Mice were infected with HSV-1 24 h prior to different doses of morphine or saline administration and the mortality rate was recorded. Spleen cells were obtained from morphine- or saline-treated mice, then natural killer (NK) cell activity and interferon-γ (IFN-γ) production were evaluated. The effect of morphine on white blood cells’ capacity to induce protection against HSV-1 infection was evaluated by adoptive transfer of spleen cells to cyclophosphamide-treated mice that were previously infected with HSV-1. Furthermore, in a separate experiment, a different group of mice received corticosterone 24 h after HSV-1 infection. Results: Mortality rate in high-dose acute morphine-treated mice increased significantly compared to saline-treated mice (p = 0.035). NK cell cytotoxicity and IFN-γ mRNA levels also showed a significant reduction compared to those of control groups (p < 0.001 and p = 0.014, respectively). Corticosterone administration reduces innate resistance against HSV-1 infection compared to saline-treated mice (p = 0.044). Furthermore, adoptive transfer of normal but not morphine-treated spleen cells induces resistance against HSV infection in cyclophosphamide-injected mice (p = 0.009). Conclusions: The current study shows that acute morphine administration reduces white blood cells’ capability to induce protection against HSV-1 infection via suppression of IFN-γ production and NK cells activity. This may be due to the increase in corticosteroids. Further studies are needed to test the effect of acute morphine on other immune cells.

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              Recent Progress in Herpes Simplex Virus Immunobiology and Vaccine Research

               L Corey,  D M Koelle (2003)

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                S. Karger AG
                August 2007
                15 August 2007
                : 14
                : 1
                : 16-23
                aDepartment of Virology, School of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, and bDepartment of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran
                107284 Neuroimmunomodulation 2007;14:16–23
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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