Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Ann Rheum Dis. 1996 Nov;55(11):844-7.

Quantitation of IL-2Rp75 (CD122) expression on mononuclear cells in rheumatic disease.

Author information

  • 1Rheumatology Unit, Bristol Royal Infirmary, United Kingdom.



To compare expression of the p75 chain of the interleukin-2 receptor (IL-2Rp75, CD122) on peripheral and synovial mononuclear cells in rheumatoid and non-rheumatoid inflammatory arthritis.


Peripheral blood (PBMC) and synovial (SFMC) mononuclear cells were isolated from subjects with rheumatoid arthritis (n = 16) and non-rheumatoid inflammatory arthritis (n = 12). PBMC were isolated from six healthy controls. Expression of CD122 was examined using indirect immunofluorescence and quantitative flow cytometry.


There was no difference in IL-2Rp75 expression on PBMC from rheumatoid arthritis patients, non-rheumatoid arthritis patients, and controls. In subjects with rheumatoid arthritis there was no difference in IL-2Rp75 expression on PBMC and SFMC. However, in the non-rheumatoid arthritis group there was an increase in IL-2Rp75 expression on SFMC compared with PBMC (P = 0.0032). On SFMC there was a greater expression of IL-2Rp75 in non-rheumatoid arthritis than in rheumatoid arthritis (P = 0.0007). Expression was greater on CD8 positive cells and in subjects with shorter duration of disease.


The p75 chain of the IL-2 receptor, an important T cell activation antigen, is not upregulated in synovial fluid. This appears to be a disease specific defect and provides further support for the concept of "frustrated" or incomplete T cell activation in this disease.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk