Sep 1, 1989

Lymphokine gene expression related to CD4 T cell subset (CD45R/CDw29) phenotype conversion

European Journal of Immunology
F BettensW J Pichler


In this study, we investigated whether the phenotype-related differentiation of human 2H4+ (CD45R) naive cells to 2H4- (CDw29) memory CD4 cells corresponded to modulation of interleukin (IL) 2, IL 4, interferon (IFN)-gamma and granulocyte-monocyte colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) gene expression, a phenomenon which might correlate to the distinct functional activities of naive cells or memory cells. To mimic in vitro CD4 T cell subset differentiation, freshly isolated 2H4+ and 2H4- CD4 cells were stimulated with the anti-CD3 antibody (Leu-4), expanded in IL 2-containing medium and restimulated with Leu-4 after 7 and 13 days. Absence of monocyte-T cell interaction was compensated by adding monocyte supernatant to the culture medium and by cross-linking the anti-CD3 antibodies with goat anti-mouse antibody coated on culture dishes. It has been previously shown that in vitro stimulated 2H4+ cells acquire CDw29 surface antigens. Measurement of lymphokine gene expression by dot-blot hybridization revealed that although stimulated 2H4+ cells proliferated less than stimulated 2H4- cells, and expressed less actin mRNA, they expressed more IL 2 but less IL 4 and GM-CSF than 2H4- cells. No significant difference was observed between th...Continue Reading

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