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Immunol Rev. 1993 Jun;133:5-18.

Cytokines and peripheral tolerance to alloantigen.

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University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Surgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, England.


The induction of peripheral tolerance to alloantigen is accompanied in many cases by a decrease in the production of cytokines such as IL-2 and IFN gamma, yet a sustained production of cytokines such as IL-10 and IL-4. Whether or not this altered pattern of cytokine production in tolerant animals is causally related to the induction and/or maintenance of the tolerant state has yet to be fully determined, although experiments blocking selectively the action of IL-2 with CD25 antibodies suggest that manipulation of cytokine production may at least be a route to tolerance. Alternative methods for directly influencing the cytokine balance are sought and recent experiments on the CD28/CTLA-4-B7 interaction suggest a possible approach.

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