Protection by L-2-oxothiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid of hydrogen peroxide-induced CD3ζ and CD16ζ chain down-regulation in human peripheral blood lymphocytes and lymphokine-activated killer cells

Massimiliano M. Corsi, Hubert H. Maes, Ken Wasserman, Alessandro Fulgenzi, Gianfranco Gaja, Maria Elena Ferrero

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Abstract

We investigated whether L-2-oxothiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid (OTC) [in the form of Procysteine(®), kindly donated by Transcend Therapeutics] could protect peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) and lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cells from CD3ζ and CD16ζ chain down-regulation induced by H2O2 produced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-activated autologous monocytes. OTC is known to enhance glutathione production in cells in which glutathione was depleted by reactive oxygen species. Our data showed that OTC induced a significant increase in CD3ζ and CD16ζ chain expression in peripheral blood lymphocytes and LAK cells, respectively, pretreated for 12 hr at 37°. Moreover, OTC significantly protected peripheral blood lymphocytes and LAK against decreased ζ chain expression induced by lipopolysaccharide-activated monocytes or the addition of H2O2 to the culture medium. Our experiments thus suggested that alterations in signal-transducing molecules, such as decreased CD3ζ and CD16ζ expression observed in cytotoxic T lymphocytes and LAK cells in response to oxidative stress, could be prevented by the use of OTC. Copyright (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-662
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical Pharmacology
Volume56
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 1998

Keywords

  • ζ chain
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • L-2-oxothiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid
  • Lymphokine-activated killer cells
  • Macrophages
  • Peripheral blood lymphocytes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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