Journal article

Human tenon's fibroblast-produced ifnbeta and the prevention of t-cell apoptosis.

L Chang, JG Crowston, CA Sabin, PT Khaw, AN Akbar

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci | Published : 2001


PURPOSE: Fibroblast-T-cell interactions may contribute to the development of chronic inflammation, a risk factor for trabeculectomy failure. This study was undertaken to determine whether normal and growth-arrested human Tenon's fibroblasts (HTF) can prevent cytokine deprivation-mediated T-cell apoptosis through the secretion of interferon (IFN)beta. METHODS: HTF were used either untreated or pretreated with mitomycin-C (MMC; 0.1 or 0.4 mg/ml) or 5-fluorouracil (5FU; 25 or 50 mg/ml). IL2-deprived T cells were cocultured with HTF. T-cell viability was measured at specific time points. Human Tenon's fibroblast-conditioned medium was used either untreated or treated with a neutralizing antibody..

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