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Lab Invest. 2004 Mar;84(3):376-84.

Strain-dependent inhibitory effect of mutant mi-MITF on cytotoxic activities of cultured mast cells and natural killer cells of mice.

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Department of Pathology, Medical School/Graduate School of Frontier Bioscience, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan. trkata@patho.med.osaka-u.ac.jp

Abstract

MITF is a transcription factor encoded by the mi locus. MITF encoded by mi and Mi(or) mutant alleles (mi-MITF and Mi(or)-MITF, respectively) possessed an inhibitory effect, whereas the tg, mi(ew) and mi(ce) were null mutants. We examined the cytotoxic activities of cultured mast cells (CMCs) and natural killer (NK) cells of various MITF mutants in C57BL/6 (B6) background. Cytotoxic activities of CMCs and NK cells of B6-mi/mi and B6-Mi(or)/Mi(or) mice were remarkably reduced. In B6-tg/tg, B6-mi(ew)/mi(ew) and B6-mi(ce)/mi(ce) mice, however, the cytotoxic activity of CMCs was reduced only slightly and the NK activity was normal. The cytotoxic activity of CMCs paralleled with the expression level of granzyme B (Gr B) mRNA, and the NK activity with that of perforin (Pfn) mRNA. In contrast to the case of B6-mi/mi mice, cytotoxic activities of CMCs and NK cells were not impaired in WB-mi/mi mice. The expression of Gr B mRNA was not reduced in CMCs of WB-mi/mi mice, and that of Pfn mRNA was not reduced in NK cells of WB-mi/mi mice. WB-mi/mi mice appeared to have factor(s) compensating for the inhibitory effect of mi-MITF on the expression of Gr B and Pfn genes.

PMID:
14716319
DOI:
10.1038/labinvest.3700040
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