Predominant TH2-like bronchoalveolar T-lymphocyte population in atopic asthma

The New England Journal of Medicine
D S RobinsonA B Kay

Abstract

In atopic asthma, activated T helper lymphocytes are present in bronchial-biopsy specimens and bronchoalveolar-lavage (BAL) fluid, and their production of cytokines may be important in the pathogenesis of this disorder. Different patterns of cytokine release are characteristic of certain subgroups of T helper cells, termed TH1 and TH2, the former mediating delayed-type hypersensitivity and the latter mediating IgE synthesis and eosinophilia. The pattern of cytokine production in atopic asthma is unknown. We assessed cells obtained by BAL in subjects with mild atopic asthma and in normal control subjects for the expression of messenger RNA (mRNA) for interleukin-2, 3, 4, and 5, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), and interferon gamma by in situ hybridization with 32P-labeled complementary RNA. Localization of mRNA to BAL T cells was assessed by simultaneous in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence and by in situ hybridization after immunomagnetic enrichment or depletion of T cells. As compared with the control subjects, the subjects with asthma had more BAL cells per 1000 cell that were positive for mRNA for interleukin-2 (P less than 0.05), 3 (P less than 0.01), 4 (P less than 0.001), and 5 (P less th...Continue Reading

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Related Concepts

Establishment and Maintenance of Localization
Pathogenic Aspects
Interferon Gamma Measurement
Immunofluorescence Assay
Bronchial System
T-Lymphocyte
Pathogenesis
Dermatitis, Atopic
Lymphocytes as Percentage of Blood Leukocytes (Lab Test)
Interleukin-3

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