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J Neuroimmunol. 1999 Apr 1;96(1):73-9.

Differential role of TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma in the brain of rats with chronic relapsing autoimmune encephalomyelitis.

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Department of Neuropathology, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Neuroscience, Fuchu, Japan. nata@tmin.ac.jp

Abstract

To elucidate the mechanisms of relapses of the clinical signs in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the cytokine profile of chronic relapsing EAE (CR-EAE) in rats was determined by competitive polymerase chain reaction (PCR). By immunization with guinea pig spinal cord homogenate and treatment with low-dose cyclosporin A (CsA), rats developed two attacks of EAE with remission in between. Cytokine analysis revealed that the level of TNF-alpha mRNA increased at the first and second attacks with transient disappearance at the remission phase. In contrast, the level of IFN-gamma mRNA was suppressed at the first attack by CsA and peaked at the second attack. Intraventricular administration of IFN-gamma prior to onset of disease signs induced more relapses, or a severe lethal form. In addition, the intraventricular injection of TNF-alpha caused the persistence of the clinical signs. These findings suggest that TNF-alpha contributes to the first and second attacks of CR-EAE, while IFN-gamma is not required for the first attack but is closely related to the relapse of the disease. With regard to anti-inflammatory cytokines, the levels of both TGF-beta1 and IL-10 mRNA at the second attack were higher than those at the first attack. Taken together, differential involvement of TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma is closely associated with the clinical features of CR-EAE.

PMID:
10227426
DOI:
10.1016/s0165-5728(99)00018-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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