IFN-gamma induces islet cell MHC antigens and enhances autoimmune, streptozotocin-induced diabetes in the mouse.
IL Campbell, L Oxbrow, M Koulmanda, LC Harrison
J Immunol | Published : 1988
To explore the role of the lymphokine, IFN-gamma, in the development of autoimmune-mediated insulin-dependent diabetes, we examined the effects of systemically administered IFN-gamma on the clinical features and pancreatic immunohistology of CBA mice made diabetic with multiple low doses of the pancreatic islet beta-cell toxin, streptozotocin. Mice given streptozotocin and IFN-gamma were significantly more hyperglycemic than those given streptozotocin alone and had significantly decreased body weight. Mice given IFN-gamma alone did not differ in glycemia or weight from vehicle-injected mice. On day 11, Ia proteins were detected on islet cells from mice given streptozotocin and their expressi..View full abstract