Journal article

MHC Class II Expression in Human Basophils: Induction and Lack of Functional Significance

Astrid L Voskamp, Sara R Prickett, Fabienne Mackay, Jennifer M Rolland, Robyn E O'Hehir

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2013


The antigen-presenting abilities of basophils and their role in initiating a Th2 phenotype is a topic of current controversy. We aimed to determine whether human basophils can be induced to express MHC Class II and act as antigen presenting cells for T cell stimulation. Isolated human basophils were exposed to a panel of cytokines and TLR-ligands and assessed for MHC Class II expression. MHC Class II was expressed in up to 17% of isolated basophils following incubation with a combination of IL-3, IFN-γ and GM-CSF for 72 hours. Costimulatory molecules (CD80 and CD86) were expressed at very low levels after stimulation. Gene expression analysis of MHC Class II-positive basophils confirmed up-r..

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