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Keywords
IFN-γ
IL-4
intracellular cytokines
NO
sodium nitroprusside
Abstract
It has been recently suggested that nitric oxide (NO) plays an important role in modulating immune responses including helper T (Th) cell differentiation. To investigate the effect of NO on cytokine production in T cells, we examined in vitro the percentage of interferon (IFN)-γ and interleukin (IL)-4 producing cells by the intracellular cytokine staining method with flow cytometry. The percentage of IFN-γ and IL-4 producing cells reached maximal value 8 h after stimulation by phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) and ionomycin. When an NO donor, sodium nitroprusside (SNP), was co-incubated with PMA and ionomycin for 8 h, nitrite levels increased in a dose dependent manner for SNP (P = 0.007; Friedman test). The percentage of IFN-γ producing cells was diminished in consequence of the increasing doses of SNP (P = 0.002; Friedman test). While the percentage of IL-4 producing cells tended to be diminished by SNP, this difference, however, was statistically not significant (P = 0.062; Friedman test). Therefore, we have suggested that NO might affect Th cell differentiation through inhibition of Th1-cytokine production and might cause a Th2 cell predominant state.
Publisher
Tottori University Faculty of Medicine
Content Type
Journal Article
ISSN・ISBN
1346-8049
NCID
AA00892882
Journal Title
Yonago Acta medica
Current Journal Title
Yonago Acta medica
Volume
41
Issue
1
Start Page
7
End Page
15
Published Date
1998-03
Text Version
Publisher
Rights
Yonago Acta medica 編集委員会
Citation
Yonago Acta medica. 1998, 41(1), 7-15
Department
Faculty of Medicine/Graduate School of Medical Sciences/University Hospital
Language
English