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Cell Immunol. 1985 Oct 1;95(1):105-12.

Chemoattractant lymphokines specific for the helper/inducer T-lymphocyte subset.


The cellular content of T-lymphocyte-rich inflammatory sites is dependent in part on the in situ elaboration of chemoattractant factors. We have previously described three T-lymphocyte-specific chemoattractant lymphokines; a chemokinetic factor, lymphocyte chemoattractant factor (LCF, MW 56,000), and two distinct lymphocyte migration inhibitory factors (LyMIF75K, MW 75,000; and LyMIF35K, MW 35,000). These factors are produced by human T cells in response to antigen, concanavalin A, or histamine stimulation. In this communication, we report that LCF and LyMIF35K are produced by OKT8+ (suppressor/cytotoxic) and OKT4+ (helper/inducer) lymphocytes, respectively, and are selectively chemoattractant for the OKT4+ lymphocyte subset. LyMIF75K is produced by OKT4+ cells and inhibits both OKT4+ and OKT8+ lymphocyte migration. Production of LCF and LyMIF35K by infiltrating lymphocyte subsets may be one mechanism whereby unactivated helper/inducer T lymphocytes are selectively recruited to sites of inflammation.

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