Cell mediated immunity in patients with virchowian hanseniasis before and after treatment with transfer factor


  • Paulo Guilherme LESER Escola Paulista de Medicina, São Paulo, Brasil.
  • Leontina MARGARIDO Hospital Padre Bento, Divisão de Hospitais Especializados da Coordenadoria de Assistência Hospitalar, Secretaria da Saúde, São Paulo, Brasil.
  • Walter BELDA Faculdade de Saúde Pública, USP. Encarregado da Seek, de Epidemiologia da Divisão de Hansenologia e Dermatologia, Instituto de Saúde, Sim Paulo, Brasil.
  • Saul G. SARTORI Escola Paulista de Medicina, São Paulo, Brasil.
  • Wajih Abud HARES Escola Paulista de Medicina, São Paulo, Brasil.
  • Carlos Alberto Reis FREIRE Escola Paulista de Medicina, São Paulo, Brasil.
  • Raul FLEURY Hospital Lauro de Souza Lima, Divisão de Hospitais Especializados da Coordenadoria de Assistência Hospitalar. Secretaria da Saúde, São Paulo, Brasil.
  • Mario Rubens MONTENEGRO Faculdade de Ciências Medicas e Biológicas de Botucatu, São Paulo, Brasil.
  • Walter LESER Escola Paulista de Medicina, São Paulo, Brasil.
  • Charles K. NASPITZ Escola Paulista de Medicina, São Paulo, Brasil.




Hanseniasis, Cell mediated immunity, Transfer factor


Cell mediated immunity (CMI), bacterial index (BI), morphological index (MI), skin and lymph nodes biopsies were evaluated in 15 patients with virchowian hanseniasis before and after treatment with transfer factor (TF) obtained from human spleens. The patients were divided in 3 groups: group I (control) received only sulforiti, group II received sulfone plus TF and group III received only TF. There was no difference in the numbers of peripherical T and B lymphocytes of patients and normal controls. Before the treatment with TF, there was an impaired response of the patient's peripheral lymphocytes to PHA stimulus, in the presence of autologous or homologous plasma. This depressed response was corrected after treatment With TF in the patients of group III. In none of the patients a positive Mitsuda reaction was observed before and after treatment with TF. The  improvement of the MI observed in group IH, treated only with TF was remarkably similar to the patients treated only with sulfone. This work points out that TF has a role in the treatment of patients with virchowian hanseniasis, based on the improvement of CMI, MI, on histopathology of skin biopsies and clinical conditions.


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LESER PG, MARGARIDO L, BELDA W, SARTORI SG, HARES WA, FREIRE CAR, FLEURY R, MONTENEGRO MR, LESER W, NASPITZ CK. Cell mediated immunity in patients with virchowian hanseniasis before and after treatment with transfer factor. Hansen. Int. [Internet]. 30º de junho de 1980 [citado 25º de abril de 2024];5(1):3-27. Disponível em: https://periodicos.saude.sp.gov.br/hansenologia/article/view/35615



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