Nov 1, 1989

Similar molecular requirements for antigen receptor-triggered secretion of interferon and granule enzymes by cytolytic T lymphocytes

Cellular Immunology
A H FortierM V Sitkovsky


At least two biologically significant responses are triggered by the crosslinking of the T-cell receptor (TcR) on the surface of cloned cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL): synthesis and secretion of macrophage-activating factor(s) (MAF) that can be attributed to interferon-gamma (IFN) and release of preformed cytolytic granules. We directly compared the molecular requirements for synthesis and secretion of IFN and secretion of granule enzymes triggered in the same cell by the same activating ligand (antigen or monoclonal antibody (mAb) to TcR). An increase in the surface density of activating ligand (immobilized anti-TcR mAb) enhanced both secretion of IFN and secretion of granules. Secretion of IFN occurred immediately after synthesis: only low (but detectable) levels of IFN were detected in cell cytosolic or particulate fractions isolated from Percoll gradients of lysed CTL, while very high levels of IFN were found in the stimulated CTL culture fluids. Inhibitors of RNA synthesis and protein synthesis blocked secretion of IFN, but did not inhibit release of preformed cytolytic granules. The requirement for TcR crosslinking in triggering both secretion of granules and secretion of IFN from CTL was pharmacologically reproduced by th...Continue Reading

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Monoclonal Antibodies
TC2 Cells
RNA Chemical Synthesis
Enzymes, antithrombotic
Cytotoxic T-Lymphocytes
Human leukocyte interferon
Egtazic Acid

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