Prostaglandins (PGs) are generally known to exert inhibitory as well as some enhancing effects on the immune system. This study was performed to assess the influence of the exogenous PGs and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)-elevating agents on cytokine production by PWM-stimulated human T lymphocytes. Peripheral blood T lymphocytes from healthy donors were pretreated for 30 min at 25°C with PGE2 (10-4 to 10-7 M) PGF(1α), IBMX or Forskolin (10-4 to 10-5 M) and cultured for 7 days in the presence of Pokeweed Mitogen (PWM), PGE2, IBMX and Forskolin, but not PGF1α, significantly increased IL-6 production while inhibited IL-2, IL-3, IL-4, IFN-γ, TNF-α and GM-CSF production. Our data indicate that cAMP-elevating agents can profoundly affect cytokine secretion by T cells in PWM-driven cultures and that this effect is dose-dependent. The results reported here are compatible with the existence of separate pathways of gene induction for IL-2, IL-3, IL-4, IFN-γ, TNF-α and GM-CSF on the one hand and IL-6 on the other one.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis