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Eur J Immunol. 2000 Dec;30(12):3723-31.

Adhesion mediated by LFA-1 is required for efficient IL-12-induced NK and NKT cell cytotoxicity.

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Amgen Institute, Ontario Cancer Institute, and Departments of Medical Biophysics and Immunology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Abstract

Interleukin 12 (IL-12)-activated NK1.1+TCRalpha beta+ (NKT2) and NK1.1+TCRalpha beta- (NK) cells exhibit cytotoxic activity against a wide variety of tumor cells in the absence of prior sensitization. Here we demonstrate that the integrin adhesion receptor LFA-1 (CD11a/CD18) regulates the cytotoxic activity of IL-12-activated NKT and NK cells against YAC-1 and EL-4 tumor cells. Differentiation in vivo and the expression of the cytolytic effector molecules perforin and Fas-L were comparable in both IL-12-activated NKT and NK cells from LFA-1-/ - and LFA-1+/+ mice. However, LFA-1-/-IL-12-activated NKT and NK cells showed impaired conjugate formation with target cells. These results provide the first genetic evidence for a role for an adhesion receptor in killing by IL-12-activated NK cells.

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