Journal article

Altered CD3 chain and cytokine gene expression in tumor infiltrating T lymphocytes during the development of mesothelioma.

AG Jarnicki, DR Fitzpatrick, BW Robinson, H Bielefeldt-Ohmann

Cancer Letters | Published : 1996

Abstract

The mechanisms whereby tumors escape immunosurveillance remain poorly understood. De-activation or deviation of T lymphocyte responses may occur following exposure to tumor-associated or -derived signals. In the present study it is demonstrated that during development of syngeneic malignant mesothelioma in mice, the relative CD3 delta, CD3 gamma and CD3 zeta mRNA levels expressed by tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) decrease, while CD3 epsilon mRNA levels remain relatively constant. Expression of IFN gamma mRNA by TIL decreased during tumor development, while IL-2 mRNA levels showed slight increases. IL-3 mRNA was not detected at any time during tumor development and IL-4 transcripts were..

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