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J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2002 May;109(5):803-9.

IFN-gamma secretion by CD8T cells inhibits allergen-induced airway eosinophilia but not late airway responses.

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Meakins-Christie Laboratories, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.



CD8+T cells can suppress allergen-induced late airway responses (LARs) and airway inflammation.


To test the hypothesis that the suppression of LARs and airway eosinophilia by CD8+T cells is IFN-gamma mediated, we tested the effects of adoptively transferred CD8+T cells, in which IFN-gamma synthesis was inhibited by an antisense (AS) oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN), on the airway responses of a rat model of allergic asthma.


CD8+T cells were harvested from the cervical lymph nodes of ovalbumin (OVA)-sensitized Brown Norway rats for administration to other actively sensitized syngeneic rats. CD8+T cells (2 x 10(6)) were incubated for 6 hours with 2 micromol/L AS ODN or sense ODN and were injected intraperitoneally into recipients; inhibition of IFN-gamma expression in vitro by AS ODN was shown by means of flow cytometry. Two days later, rats were challenged with aerosolized OVA.


OVA-induced LAR and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid eosinophilia were suppressed by sense ODN-treated CD8+T cells. IFN-gamma expression in BAL cells was elevated in these animals. IFN-gamma expression in BAL cells was at control levels in recipients of AS ODN-treated CD8+ cells, confirming the success of the AS treatment in vivo. BAL eosinophilia was also largely restored in the AS ODN treatment group. In contrast, the CD8+T cell-induced suppression of the LAR was not significantly affected by AS ODN pretreatment.


These results indicate that CD8+T cells inhibit airway eosinophilia through secretion of IFN-gamma but may suppress the LAR by means of other mechanisms.

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