Judith A. Horvath-Arcidiacono

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

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  • Sarah B Kennett · Cynthia M Porter · Judith A Horvath-Arcidiacono · Eda T Bloom
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    ABSTRACT: Baboons are commonly used as models for transplantation and preclinical testing of various types of therapeutic agents. For proper assessment of information gathered from these models, differences between the baboon and human immune systems need to be characterized. Natural killer (NK) cells are the first line of defense against many infectious agents and cancer and are important mediators of transplantation rejection reactions, particularly during xenotransplantation. In this study, we examined baboon NK cell function and developed methods for purifying and expanding these cells. Baboon NK cells were analyzed using a combination of extracellular and intracellular cell staining, cell sorting, interleukin (IL)-2 mediated stimulation and expansion, and 4 h cytotoxicity assays with human and pig target cell lines. Baboon peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) exert very low but detectable cytolytic activity against both human (K562) and pig (PAEC, J2) target cells, and this activity is enhanced within 4 h of treatment with IL-2. Like human NK cells, many baboon PBMC express the lytic enzymes granzyme A, granzyme B, and perforin. Based on these markers, we identified a subpopulation of CD3(-) baboon lymphocytes that are CD8(dim) and CD16(bright) that likely represents the baboon NK cells. These cells also are characterized by expression of the natural cytotoxicity receptor NKp46. Baboon CD3(-)NKp46(+) cells purified by flow cytometric cell sorting have high cytolytic capacity that can be further enhanced by IL-2 stimulation. These baboon NK cells can be expanded in vitro and retain extremely high cytolytic capacity. While fresh baboon lymphocytes express very little CD56, the expanded baboon NK cells are predominantly CD56(+); approximately 10% of the expanded NK cells are CD56(dim), and the remainder are CD56(bright). Baboon NK cells that are IL-2 responsive can be identified on the basis of a CD3(-)NKp46(+)CD8(dim)CD16(+/-) or CD3(-)CD8(dim)CD16(bright) phenotype and can be isolated and expanded in culture. These results may allow for a more accurate representation of the human innate immune system in baboon models and more accurate analyses of the role of the baboon innate immune system cells in preclinical models.
    Xenotransplantation 07/2010; 17(4):288-99. DOI:10.1111/j.1399-3089.2010.00591.x · 2.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It is well established that CD4(+)CD25(+) regulatory T (Treg) cells can modulate allogeneic immune responses. Xenotransplantation, proposed as a means to address the critical shortage of human organs, may also benefit from similar approaches to avert rejection. Baboons are a preferred preclinical animal model for xenogeneic organ transplantation experiments, and the characterization of baboon Treg cells will be beneficial to future tolerance studies in this animal model. We analyzed CD4(+)CD25(+) T cells from baboon lymph nodes, spleens, and blood by flow cytometry, then purified and expanded porcine antigen-specific baboon CD4(+)CD25(high) cells in vitro to evaluate their regulatory activity in the baboon anti-pig xenogeneic responses. CD4(+)CD25(high) T cells were 1.7%, 3.1%, and 1.9% of baboon splenic, lymph node, and blood T cells, respectively. The CD4(+)CD25(high) T cells expressed the Treg cell-associated transcription factor, FoxP3. Proliferation/suppression assays using irradiated pig peripheral blood mononuclear cells as stimulators showed that Treg cells suppressed the vigorous baboon CD4(+)CD25(-) T-cell anti-pig proliferation response and cytokine secretion. Expanded baboon Treg cells suppressed baboon anti-pig CD4(+)CD25(-) T-cell proliferation approximately 4- to 10-fold more than freshly isolated Treg cells. Expanded Treg cells suppressed proliferation to primary cells from the same pig used for expansion more effectively than proliferation to stimulators from a different strain of pig, suggesting a level of antigen specificity. We demonstrate that baboon Treg cells suppress immune responses to xenogeneic stimulation. These studies suggest that adoptive transfer of expanded Treg cells into transplant recipients may provide an approach to prevent cell-mediated rejection of grafts and potentially induce tolerance in the pig to baboon xenotransplantation preclinical model.
    Xenotransplantation 08/2007; 14(4):298-308. DOI:10.1111/j.1399-3089.2007.00416.x · 2.84 Impact Factor
  • Wendy L Trigona · Cynthia M Porter · Judith A Horvath-Arcidiacono · Anish S Majumdar · Eda T Bloom
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    ABSTRACT: Pluripotent human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) may provide a potential source of cellular therapies, but as allogeneic cells may require evading the recipient's immune response. Using an NIH-registry hESC line, it was found that undifferentiated hESCs induce a reduced proliferative response compared to PBMC and demonstrate that this diminished response correlates with the activity of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1). Inhibition of HO-1 significantly increases T cell proliferation against hESC, indicating the potential suppression of these cells during transplantation of allogeneic hESC. These data suggest the hypothesis that HO-1 provides a mechanism for protecting hESCs in vivo.
    Antioxidants and Redox Signaling 07/2007; 9(6):751-6. DOI:10.1089/ars.2007.1602 · 7.41 Impact Factor
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    Toru Tanaka · Cynthia M Porter · Judith A Horvath-Arcidiacono · Eda T Bloom
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    ABSTRACT: NK cells, a component of the innate immune system, provide a first line of defense against viral infections and malignancies, interact with the adaptive immune system and have a role in rejection of allogeneic bone marrow transplants and solid allo- and xenotransplants. Immunoregulatory activity by the anti-hypercholesterolemia agents, 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl Coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors, known as statins, has recently been reported. We analyzed the effects of three statins on human NK cell cytotoxicity. Two lipophilic statins (simvastatin and fluvastatin) suppressed the cytotoxic activity of fresh and IL-2-stimulated NK cells, while pravastatin, a hydrophilic statin, did not. Suppression was not associated with changes in intracellular perforin, granzyme A or granzyme B levels, or with changes in expression of leukocyte function-associated antigen-1, an integrin known to regulate NK activity and reported to be altered by statin treatment. Decreased cytotoxicity was associated with decreased CD107a surface expression, indicating that the exocytosis pathway was compromised by simvastatin and fluvastatin but not by pravastatin. Mevalonate, the immediate downstream product of HMG-CoA reductase, partially reversed the effect of lipophilic statins on cytotoxicity and CD107a expression. Lipophilic statins also suppressed the release of the granule component, granzyme B, by IL-2-activated NK cells following stimulation with K562. That lipophilic statins suppress NK cell activity through inhibition of the exocytosis pathway suggest an additional potential role for statins in inhibition of transplantation responses.
    International Immunology 03/2007; 19(2):163-73. DOI:10.1093/intimm/dxl133 · 2.54 Impact Factor
  • Judith A Horvath-Arcidiacono · Cynthia M Porter · Eda T Bloom
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    ABSTRACT: Xenotransplantation of pig organs may provide an approach to alleviate the severe shortage of human organs. Natural antibodies against Galalpha(1,3)-Gal (alphaGal) epitopes cause hyperacute rejection of pig organs in primates. However, evidence for the role of alphaGal in the natural killer (NK) cell-mediated xenoresponse has been contradictory. We investigated the recognition of alphaGal by human NK cells using endo-beta-galactosidase C, an enzyme that cleaves alphaGal, and endothelial cells (EC) from alpha1,3-galactosyltransferase null pigs that do not synthesize alphaGal. Endo-beta-galactosidase C treatment variably reduced the susceptibility of porcine EC to lysis by fresh human NK cells. Removal of alphaGal from porcine EC using endo-beta-galactosidase C, produced variable results, i.e. cytotoxicity was decreased in half of the human NK cell donors tested. The two EC strains from alphaGal-/- pigs were marginally, and not significantly, less susceptible to lysis by naïve human NK cells compared with alphaGal-expressing cells obtained from animals from the same herd, but these differences were not statistically significant (P > 0.10). Treatment of porcine EC with recombinant human tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, which is known to activate porcine EC, enhanced the susceptibility of all target cells to lysis by fresh human NK cells. Surface expression of MHC or adhesion molecules on alphaGal-/- cells, compared with wild type cells, showed no consistent difference in either MHC or adhesion molecules CD106 (VCAM-1), CD31 (PECAM) or CD62E (E-selectin), either with or without TNF-alpha stimulation, that could explain the differential susceptibility to lysis. Strikingly, all alphaGal-/- and wild type EC exhibited similar susceptibility to human NK cells that had been cultured for 5 days with or without interleukin-2. These findings demonstrate that human NK cells can kill porcine targets in the absence of alphaGal, and donor variability plays a major role in whether alphaGal has a role in determining susceptibility of porcine EC to lysis. Moreover, susceptibility to lysis of alphaGal null EC is enhanced to the level of wild type EC by activation of either effector or target cells. Elimination of alphaGal alone from source pigs will be insufficient to circumvent the NK cell mediated destruction of porcine EC.
    Xenotransplantation 07/2006; 13(4):318-27. DOI:10.1111/j.1399-3089.2006.00316.x · 2.84 Impact Factor
  • Judith A Horvath-Arcidiacono · Shigeru Tsuyuki · Howard Mostowski · Eda T Bloom
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    ABSTRACT: Xenotransplantation, especially using porcine sources, has been proposed as a means to alleviate the shortage of human organs for transplantation. NK cells appear to be important mediators of the xenogeneic immune responses, including the human anti-pig response. Having previously established the redox regulation of NK cell activity against tumor target cells, we now report that the interaction of human NK cells with porcine target cells is also regulated by redox. Thiol-deprivation strongly diminished the capacity of IL-2-activated human NK cells to kill porcine endothelial cells. This inhibition correlated with reduced proliferation and interferon (IFN)-gamma production by IL-2-activated NK cells. For fresh NK cells, pretreatment with diethyl maleate (DEM), which was used to deplete intracellular thiols, reduced lysis of porcine and human targets. Because many adhesion molecules exhibit interspecies recognition, we further investigated whether changes in expression of adhesion molecules might explain our observations. DEM treatment reduced the expression of CD11b and CD29 on fresh NK cells. Monoclonal antibody blocking studies showed that the combination of mAb to CD11b and CD18 reduced lytic activity against both PAEC as well as K562, although other qualitative differences were observed between the porcine and human target cells. These findings suggest that the oxidative stress-induced downregulation of CD18 may be important in modulating cytotoxic activity of fresh NK cells against PAEC and K562 targets through reduced formation of the CD11b/CD18 heterodimer. Thus, the appropriate manipulation of redox status may provide a means to enhance survival of non-human animal tissues in humans through modulation of adhesion molecule expression/interactions.
    Cellular Immunology 04/2003; 222(1):35-44. DOI:10.1016/S0008-8749(03)00082-0 · 1.92 Impact Factor
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    S Tsuyuki · J A Horvath-Arcidiacono · E T Bloom
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    ABSTRACT: Evidence suggests that NK cells contribute to the pathogenesis of delayed rejection of vascularized xenografts, and NK cells have been suggested to participate in hyperacute xenograft rejection. Endothelial cells have been shown to be the primary target of the recipient's immune responses that mediate both hyperacute and delayed xenograft rejection. Under conditions of oxidative stress induced by thiol deprivation, but not under normal conditions, pretreatment of porcine aortic endothelial cells (PAECs) with the NO donor, S-nitroso-N-acetyl-penicillamine, dramatically inhibited killing of PAEC target cells by IL-2-activated human NK cells. This same combined treatment reduced both surface expression and mRNA levels of E-selectin. Moreover, anti-E-selectin mAb, but not Ab to VCAM-1, protected PAEC from lysis by human IL-2-activated NK cells in a dose-dependent manner. These findings suggest that expression of porcine E-selectin is important for the cytotoxicity of PAEC mediated by activated human NK cells and may be involved in the redox-mediated modulation of that cytotoxicity. It is known that NF-kappa B activation is required for transcription of E-selectin, and the current data show that the suppression of E-selectin expression by S-nitroso-N-acetyl-penicillamine pretreatment and thiol deprivation was associated with reduced NF-kappa B DNA-binding activity in PAEC. These data suggest that the regulation of porcine E-selectin may be important for modulating delayed xenograft rejection and that manipulation of cellular redox systems may provide a means to protect xenogeneic endothelial cells from NK cell-mediated cytotoxicity.
    The Journal of Immunology 04/2001; 166(6):4106-14. DOI:10.4049/jimmunol.166.6.4106 · 4.92 Impact Factor
  • Judith A. Horvath-Arcidiacono · Eda T. Bloom
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    ABSTRACT: The cytotoxic cell response to porcine cells by human lymphocytes, and the modulation of cytolytic cellular activity by human cytokines were investigated. Human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and purified lymphocyte subsets were co-cultured with fresh irradiated porcine stimulator cells and examined for the development of lytic activity and for their proliferative response. Porcine target cells included a new cell line, MS-PBMC-J2 (designated J2; SLA-DR+MHC class I+CD2+CD3 CD8+CDI6+CD45+), aortic and microvascular endothelial cells. Initial results showed that natural killer (NK) cells were fivefold more efficient in killing porcine target cells compared with T cells. IL-12 augmented the killing of porcine target cells by human NK cells beyond that induced by stimulation with cells alone. In contrast, IL-2 and IL-15 often induced substantial human NK cell mediated killing of porcine target cells, including endothelial cells in the case of IL-2 where such targets were examined, even in the absence of stimulator cells. Finally, neither IL-18 nor IL-8 had any effect beyond background on NK cell mediated killing of porcine target cells. These findings show that cytokines that would be produced in a xenograft setting clearly modulate the ability of human cytolytic cells to kill porcine targets. In addition, fresh unstimulated human NK cells lysed J2 and porcine aortic endothelial cells, but not porcine microvascular endothelial cells, suggesting the possibility of rapid attack of xenografts by NK cells, and differential susceptibility of endothelial cells from different vascular structures to this attack.
    Xenotransplantation 03/2001; 8(1):62-74. DOI:10.1034/j.1399-3089.2001.00078.x · 2.84 Impact Factor
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    Keizo Furuke · Parris R. Burd · Judith A. Horvath-Arcidiacono · Kotaro Hori · Howard Mostowski · Eda T. Bloom
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    ABSTRACT: Although NO appears important in rodent immune responses, its involvement in the human immune system is unclear. We report that human NK cells express constitutive endothelial NO synthase mRNA and protein, but not detectable levels of inducible NO synthase. They produce NO following activation by coculture with target cells or cross-linking with anti-CD16 mAb, and production is increased in the presence of IL-2. N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMA), a NOS inhibitor, partially inhibited NK cell lysis of four different target cells (<40% inhibition at 500 microM L-NMA), but not granule release following coculture with target cells, or Fas ligand induction following cross-linking with anti-CD16 mAb. However, L-NMA augmented apoptosis of NK cells induced by activation through CD16 ligation or coculture with K562. An NO donor, S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine (SNAP), suppressed apoptosis of NK cells induced by CD16 cross-linking or coculture with target cells, suggesting that endogenous NO production is involved in protection of NK cells from activation-induced apoptosis, thereby maintaining NK activity. SNAP also suppressed, and L-NMA enhanced, expression of TNF-alpha, reported to be involved in activation-induced NK cell death, in response to CD16 cross-linking. Suppression of anti-CD16-induced apoptosis by SNAP was reversed by the addition of rTNF-alpha. DNA-binding activity of the transcription factor, NF-AT, which is involved in TNF-alpha induction upon ligation of CD16, was inhibited by SNAP and enhanced by L-NMA. Our results suggest that down-regulation of TNF-alpha expression, possibly due to suppression of NF-AT activation, is a mechanism by which endogenous NO protects NK cells from activation-induced apoptosis, and maintains lytic capacity.
    The Journal of Immunology 08/1999; 163(3):1473-80. · 4.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have analyzed the immune system in Stat5-deficient mice. Although Stat5a-/- splenocytes have a partial defect in anti-CD3-induced proliferation that can be overcome by high dose interleukin (IL)-2, we now demonstrate that defective proliferation in Stat5b-/- splenocytes cannot be corrected by this treatment. Interestingly, this finding may be at least partially explained by diminished expression of the IL-2 receptor beta chain (IL-2Rbeta), which is a component of the receptors for both IL-2 and IL-15, although other defects may also exist. Similar to the defect in proliferation in activated splenocytes, freshly isolated splenocytes from Stat5b-/- mice exhibited greatly diminished proliferation in response to IL-2 and IL-15. This results from both a decrease in the number and responsiveness of natural killer (NK) cells. Corresponding to the diminished proliferation, basal as well as IL-2- and IL-15-mediated boosting of NK cytolytic activity was also greatly diminished. These data indicate an essential nonredundant role for Stat5b for potent NK cell-mediated proliferation and cytolytic activity.
    Journal of Experimental Medicine 01/1999; 188(11):2067-74. · 12.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have analyzed the immune system in Stat5-deficient mice. Although Stat5a−/− splenocytes have a partial defect in anti-CD3-induced proliferation that can be overcome by high dose interleukin (IL)-2, we now demonstrate that defective proliferation in Stat5b−/− splenocytes cannot be corrected by this treatment. Interestingly, this finding may be at least partially explained by diminished expression of the IL-2 receptor β chain (IL-2Rβ), which is a component of the receptors for both IL-2 and IL-15, although other defects may also exist. Similar to the defect in proliferation in activated splenocytes, freshly isolated splenocytes from Stat5b−/− mice exhibited greatly diminished proliferation in response to IL-2 and IL-15. This results from both a decrease in the number and responsiveness of natural killer (NK) cells. Corresponding to the diminished proliferation, basal as well as IL-2– and IL-15–mediated boosting of NK cytolytic activity was also greatly diminished. These data indicate an essential nonredundant role for Stat5b for potent NK cell–mediated proliferation and cytolytic activity.
    Journal of Experimental Medicine 12/1998; 188(11):2067-2074. DOI:10.1084/jem.188.11.2067 · 12.52 Impact Factor
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    J A Horvath-Arcidiacono · H S Mostowski · E T Bloom
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    ABSTRACT: Because IL-12 restores allogeneic cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) activity by T cells of aged mice in vitro, we initially assessed whether IL-12 could overcome age-related deficits when given to aged mice in vivo. Growth of P815(H-2(d)) was enhanced in aged compared with young BALB/c (H-2(d)) mice and tumor growth was curtailed by IL-12 in both age groups. Unexpectedly, secondary CTL stimulated ex vivo with P815 were reduced in IL-12-treated mice compared with controls. Primary CTL generated ex vivo across MHC differences in IL-12 treated BALB/c and C57BL/6 young mice were reduced by 90-99%, were dose- and time-dependent, and were associated with reduced allo-stimulated NK-like activity and [3H]thymidine incorporation. IFN-gamma was elevated in sera and in supernatants from allo-stimulated cultures from IL-12-treated mice, while IL-4 was reduced in such supernatants, suggesting that, despite reduced CTL, IL-12 was associated with increased Th1- and reduced Th2-type cytokine production. IL-12 also induced splenomegaly, primarily due to increased numbers of cells lacking markers of mature T, B and NK cells, or macrophages, or polymorphonuclear leukocyte morphology. IFN-gamma mutant mice exhibited reduced splenic enlargement in response to IL-12, suggesting that the splenomegaly was due, in part, to IFN-gamma production. However, reduced CTL generation was not due entirely to dilution of CTL precursor cells because spleen cellularity and size increased 3-fold while CTL activity decreased 10- to 100-fold, and CTL generation normalized to CD8(+) T effector cells was still significantly reduced in IL-12-treated mice. Interestingly, purified CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells from IL-12-treated normal mice exhibited greater proliferative and cytolytic activities respectively compared with controls. Thus, effector T cells in IL-12-treated mice were not impaired, but exhibited augmented responsiveness, suggesting that IL-12 induced complex interactions among spleen cell populations and that these effects, in part, are mediated by IFN-gamma.
    International Immunology 06/1996; 8(5):661-73. · 2.54 Impact Factor
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    Judith A. Horvath-Arcidiacono · Howard S. Mostowski · Eda T. Bloom
    International Immunology 05/1996; 8(5):661-673. DOI:10.1093/intimm/8.5.661 · 2.54 Impact Factor
  • Eda T. Bloom · Walter C. Thompson · Judith A. Horvath-Arcidiacono · Parris R. Burd
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    ABSTRACT: Alloantigen stimulation was used to examine the effect of interleukin (IL-12) treatment of stimulated cells from young and aged mice on the expression of mRNAs for perforin and granzyme B, two proteins known to be intimately involved in an important lytic pathway used by CTL, and mRNA for interferon (IFN)-gamma, production of which is highly stimulated by IL-12 As reported previously, IL-12 augmented the lytic activity by cells from both young and aged mice, although the relative increase was greater for the latter. The mRNAs encoding perforin and granzyme B were both marginally enhanced at early time points (for cells from young mice) or throughout the stimulation (for cells from aged mice) following allo-stimulation in the presence of IL-12. The levels of augmentation of these mRNAs was consistent with the augmentation of lytic activity. In contrast, mRNA encoding IFN-gamma was markedly enhanced throughout stimulation in cells from animals of both age groups, corresponding to the more substantial increase in interferon protein in response to IL-12.
    Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 12/1995; 85(2-3):109-24. DOI:10.1016/0047-6374(95)01667-8 · 3.40 Impact Factor
  • D'Anna F. DeBlaker-Hohe · Aira Yamauchi · C R Yu · Judith A. Horvath-Arcidiacono · Eda T. Bloom
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    ABSTRACT: NK-mediated cytotoxicity is regulated by a variety of cytokines and is thought to involve perforin and granzymes. The effects of IL-2 and IL-12 on the expression and activation of cytolysis were examined in freshly isolated human NK cells. A dose-dependent increase in cytolysis of the NK-sensitive target cell, K562, and the NK-insensitive but lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cell-sensitive target, UCLA-SO-M14, was observed after short term culture of purified human NK cells in either IL-2 or IL-12. Moreover, the two cytokines often synergized to produce augmented lytic activity. A suboptimal dose of IL-2 (60 IU/ml) combined with IL-12 (2 U/ml) could induce lytic activity equal to twice the additive effect of each cytokine alone. Northern analyses revealed time-dependent increases in mRNAs encoding for perforin and granzymes A and B following treatment with IL-2 alone or IL-2 plus IL-12. IL-2 and IL-12 also synergized for the induction of granzyme mRNAs, in that treatment with both cytokines increased mRNA levels approximately 50% above the sum of each cytokine alone, as quantitated by phosphorimage analysis, and normalized to GAPDH gene expression. However, the synergy between IL-2 and IL-12 for the induction of mRNA was less dramatic than for lytic activity. Results of experiments in which cytokine-treated cells were pulsed with actinomycin D indicated that the increased granzyme and perforin gene mRNA levels in response to IL-2, IL-12, or the combination were not due to increased transcript stability. The data suggest that low doses of IL-2 and IL-12 synergize to augment NK- and induce LAK-mediated cytotoxicity and that this increase is associated with enhanced transcription of perforin and granzyme genes in a synergistic fashion.
    Cellular Immunology 11/1995; 165(1):33-43. DOI:10.1006/cimm.1995.1184 · 1.92 Impact Factor

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540 Citations
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  • 2007
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
      • Division of Cellular & Gene Therapies
      Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
  • 1999
    • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
      베서스다, Maryland, United States