alexa Interleukin-2 promotes antigenic reactivity of rested T cells but prolongs the postactivational refractory phase of activated T cells.


Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy

Author(s): Norris MS, McConnell TJ, Mannie MD, Norris MS, McConnell TJ, Mannie MD

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Abstract IL-2 is a principal autocrine growth factor that promotes T-cell activation and proliferation. However, IL-2 has also been implicated as a key intermediate in the induction and maintenance of self-tolerance in vivo. The purpose of this study was to assess whether the differential regulatory activity of IL-2 was related to the activation status of responder T cells. In cultures of rested myelin basic protein (MBP)-specific T cells, IL-2 not only induced IL-2R alpha but also augmented surface expression of several other activation-associated glycoproteins including OX40, LFA-1, B7.1, B7.2, TCR, and CD4. Pretreatment of T cells with IL-2 also up-regulated subsequent antigen reactivity in assays of MBP-stimulated proliferation and IL-2 production and also promoted proliferative responsiveness to IL-2. In cultures of activated T cells, however, IL-2 inhibited subsequent reactivity to antigen or IL-2 and thereby prolonged a phase of postactivational refractoriness. Exposure of preactivated T cells to IL-2 also inhibited subsequent responses to the mitogenic combination of PMA, ionomycin, and IL-2 without enhancing cell death. These data support the concept that the inhibitory activity of IL-2 is dependent upon the activation status of T cells and is manifest as impaired cell cycle progression in response to a variety of IL-2-dependent stimuli. Copyright 2001 Academic Press. This article was published in Cell Immunol and referenced in Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy

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