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PERFORIN AND SERINE ESTERASE GENE-EXPRESSION IN STIMULATED HUMAN T-CELLS - KINETICS, MITOGEN REQUIREMENTS, AND EFFECTS OF CYCLOSPORINE-A

CC LIU, S RAFII, A GRANELLIPIPERNO, JA TRAPANI, JD YOUNG

JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE | ROCKEFELLER UNIV PRESS | Published : 1989

Abstract

A pore-forming protein (PFP; perforin) and various serine esterases (SE) have been identified in the cytoplasmic granules of CTL and NK cells. Perforin and several SE have recently been cloned. Northern blotting analysis was performed here using cDNA probes specific for human perforin and two SE (SE 1/HS and SE 2/GB) to monitor the levels of specific mRNAs in mitogen-stimulated primary human T cells. These mRNAs were rapidly induced by IL-2 with optimal responses at 300 U/ml. After IL-2 treatment, mRNAs for perforin, SE 1, and SE 2 peaked at 12-24 h and decreased after 48 h. The three mRNAs were also induced in T cells treated with a combination of PMA plus lectin, OKT3 mAb, or plastic-adher..

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