Journal article

INTERFERON-GAMMA INDUCES THE EXPRESSION OF HLA-A,B,C BUT NOT HLA-DR ON HUMAN PANCREATIC BETA-CELLS

IL CAMPBELL, K BIZILJ, PG COLMAN, BE TUCH, LC HARRISON

The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism | ENDOCRINE SOC | Published : 1986

Abstract

We examined the effect of interferon-gamma (IFN gamma) on expression of the major histocompatibility proteins on cultured human islet cells isolated from adult and fetal pancreas and from an insulinoma. While the pancreatic beta-cells from different sources varied in their responses to IFN gamma, in all instances the expression of HLA-A,B,C protein was increased. Pancreatic beta-cells did not express HLA-DR protein, before or after culture of the islets in IFN gamma, although HLA-DR protein expression was induced on some non-beta-cells. These findings are at variance with those reported with thyroid follicular cells, in which IFN gamma induced expression of HLA-DR. We, therefore, conclude th..

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