alexa Interleukin-2 programs mouse alpha beta T lymphocytes for apoptosis.
Immunology

Immunology

Journal of Cytokine Biology

Author(s): Lenardo MJ

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Antigen receptor stimulation of mature alpha beta T lymphocytes can lead either to proliferation or death. Programmed cell death, termed apoptosis, leads to the clonal deletion of both thymocytes and mature T cells that establishes tolerance. How a mature T cell selects between proliferation and death is not understood. Here I show that interleukin-2 (IL-2) is a critical determinant of the choice between these two fates. Both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells previously exposed to IL-2 undergo apoptosis after antigen-receptor stimulation. Antibody blockade of IL-2 but not IL-4 reverses the marked reduction of lymph node V beta 8+ T cells caused in mice by the bacterial superantigen Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin B. IL-2 may thus participate in a feedback regulatory mechanism by predisposing mature T lymphocytes to apoptosis. This article was published in Nature and referenced in Journal of Cytokine Biology

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

 
© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version
adwords