Lymphokines inhibit macrophage RNA synthesis

Luigi Varesio, Haleem J. Issaq, Robert Kowal, Ezio Bonvini, Donatella Taramelli

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The effects of lymphokine (LK.) preparations on the incorporation of [3H]uridine into macrophage RNA were investigated. Supernatants from murine spleen cells activated in vitro by alloantigens or Con A, and shown to contain macrophage-activating factor (MAF), were used as the source of LK. It was observed that such LK preparations contain factor(s) causing a profound inhibition of [3H]uridine incorporation into the RNA of proteose-peptone-elicited peritoneal macrophages. Such RNA-labeling inhibitory factor (RIF) was absent in control supernatants from nonstimulated cultures, and showed activation curves similar to that of MAP. RIF activity was not due to altered permeability of macrophages to [3H]uridine nor to the changes in the specific activity of the pool of RNA precursors, but rather reflected an altered metabolism of RNA. The inhibition of RNA synthesis was dependent upon the presence of nanogram amounts of LPS as a costimulator. Moreover, the response to RIF appeared to be genetically controlled since macrophages from C3H/HeJ mice were not affected by RIF, while C3H/HeN mice were fully responsive. In parallel cultures of macrophages, LK were also tested for their MAF activity, and a strong similarity between the biological conditions in which MAP and RIF activities were expressed could be demonstrated. The assay for RIF provides a new and convenient parameter for measuring macrophage-sensitive LK activity that might be very useful for monitoring purification or for screening of T-cell hybridoma supernatants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-64
Number of pages14
JournalCellular Immunology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Immunology


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