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Pediatr Res. 1995 Jan;37(1):64-9.

Defective cytokine expression but adult-type T-cell receptor, CD8, and p56lck modulation in CD3- or CD2-activated T cells from neonates.

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Laboratoire du Développement et de la Maturation du Système Immunitaire, Hôpital Robert Debré, Paris, France.


Expression of IL-2, interferon-gamma, and IL-3 mRNA and proteins was investigated in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from cord blood after activation with phytohemagglutinin, CD2, or CD3 MAb. The results showed that interferon-gamma and IL-3 expression was decreased in cord peripheral blood mononuclear cells when compared with expression observed in adult peripheral blood mononuclear cells, irrespective of the stimulation used. In addition, in newborn cells a defect in IL-2 secretion and mRNA expression was observed in response to CD2 or CD3 MAb but not in response to phytohemagglutinin-mediated activation. We further analyzed the modulation of nonlymphokine genes under the same protocol of stimulations. The results indicate that in newborn cells, despite a reduced lymphokine expression observed after CD2 or CD3 MAb activation, the up-regulation of the T-cell receptor, CD8, and p56lck was similar to that found in adult cells, as was also found after phytohemagglutinin activation of both types of cells. These data are in favor of a deficient T-cell responsiveness to CD2 or CD3 MAb in newborn cells. This impairment of the T-cell response appears to selectively affect lymphokine gene expression because the modulation of other genes also implicated in T cell activation is not altered.

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