IL-10 is a potent immunosuppressant which inhibits allo-antigen-specific T cell responses. In addition, IL-10 is a strong endogenous anti-inflammatory cytokine. To investigate the role of IL-10 in the induction of acute GVHD following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) we performed a prospective study on spontaneous IL-10 production by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMNC) in 84 patients admitted for allogeneic BMT. High spontaneous IL-10 production by PBMNC at the time of admission and prior to any preparative treatment correlated with a subsequent low incidence of GVHD and transplant-related mortality (8%), as compared to patients with low or intermediate IL-10 production (50%, P <0.01). Our data demonstrate the prognostic significance of increased IL-10 production in BMT patients and suggest a major role of IL-10 in maintaining immunobalance in the setting of allogeneic BMT.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Bone Marrow Transplantation|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
- Bone marrow transplantation
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