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Leuk Lymphoma. 2013 Apr;54(4):835-42. doi: 10.3109/10428194.2012.731600. Epub 2012 Oct 9.

Anti-Fas/CD95 and tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) differentially regulate apoptosis in normal and neoplastic human basophils.

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Department of Dermatology, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.


Basophilia is associated with allergic and parasitic diseases and advanced chronic myeloid leukemia. In the present study, we characterized the expression and function of the death receptors Fas/CD95 and tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) receptors in basophils from healthy donors compared to neoplastic basophils. Peripheral blood basophils obtained from healthy donors (HD-PBB) and from patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML-PBB) were found to express high levels of Fas/CD95 and low levels of TRAIL-R2, whereas the basophil-like chronic myeloid leukemia cell line KU-812 expressed significant levels of TRAIL-R1 and TRAIL-R2. HD-PBB underwent apoptosis in response to anti-Fas/CD95, but showed resistance to TRAIL, unless they were co-treated with actinomycin D. Interestingly, CML-PBB and KU-812 cells exhibited the opposite response pattern with resistance to anti-Fas/CD95, but significant susceptibility to TRAIL-induced apoptosis. Our data show that anti-Fas/CD95 and TRAIL differentially regulate apoptosis of normal and neoplastic human basophils, which may direct the development of novel therapeutic strategies.

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