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Cell Immunol. 2005 Jul-Aug;236(1-2):131-9. Epub 2005 Sep 12.

Cutaneous lymphocyte antigen expression on activated lymphocytes and its association with IL-12R (beta1 and beta2), IL-2Ralpha, and CXCR3.

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Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Experimental Medicine, Centocor Inc., 145 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087-4517, USA.


The majority of T lymphocytes that infiltrate psoriatic lesions express cutaneous lymphocyte antigen (CLA), a skin homing receptor involved in the influx of memory T cells to cutaneous sites. We investigated CLA expression on normal human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and evaluated its association with IL-12 receptors, chemokine receptor, CXCR3, and IL-2Ralpha. PBMCs were stimulated in vitro with or without polyclonal activators (mitogen, or superantigens, or anti-CD3+anti-CD28) in the presence or absence of exogenous rhIL-12. The percentage of CLA+ T lymphocytes increased significantly after superantigen stimulation compared to anti-CD3+anti-CD28 or mitogen activation. The majority of activation induced CLA+ T lymphocytes co-expressed IL-12Rbeta1, IL-12Rbeta2, CXCR3, and CD25 in the presence of rhIL-12. Our results indicate that CLA expression on activated T lymphocytes is IL-12 and activation dependent and correlates with the expression of IL-12 receptors, IL-2Ralpha, and CXCR3. Monitoring the levels of Th1 differentiation markers such as CXCR3 and IL-12Rbeta2 along with activation marker, CD25 on skin homing CLA+ T lymphocytes may provide insight into the mechanism of action of immunotherapies directed against Th1 type skin inflammatory diseases.

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