Expression of Bcl-2 and its homologues in human eosinophils. Modulation by interleukin-5.
G Dewson, GM Walsh, AJ Wardlaw
American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology | Published : 1999
The Bcl-2 family has been shown to be vital regulators of programmed cell death in numerous systems. To investigate the role of such proteins in the regulation of apoptosis of eosinophils, the expression of Bcl-2 and homologues Bcl-xL (death antagonists), Bax, and Bcl-xS (death agonists) were examined by immunoblot, flow cytometry, and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction analysis. Potential modulation of apoptosis-associated molecules during spontaneous apoptosis and in the presence of interleukin (IL)-5 was also investigated. Peripheral blood eosinophils were found to express constitutively Bax and Bcl-x, but Bcl-2 was absent. Analysis of mRNA revealed that the bcl-xL isoform pr..View full abstract