IL-2, IL-6, and IFN-gamma have distinct effects on the IL-4 plus PMA-induced proliferation of thymocyte subpopulations.
PD Hodgkin, J Cupp, A Zlotnik, M Howard
Cellular Immunology | Published : 1990
We have previously reported complex effects of cytokine-containing T cell supernatants on the interleukin (IL)4 plus phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA)-induced proliferative response of murine thymocytes. Here we show that recombinant murine IL-2, IL-6, and IFN-gamma each differentially regulate the IL-4/PMA-driven growth of thymocyte subpopulations. Thymocytes fractionated into four subpopulations on the basis of CD4 and CD8 expression were stimulated to proliferate by IL-4/PMA. Interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) caused almost complete inhibition of the CD4+/CD8- response but had no measurable effect on the growth of CD4-/CD8+ or CD4-/CD8- populations. This inhibitory effect was also observed ..View full abstract