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Cell Immunol. 1985 Jan;90(1):190-5.

Inhibition of interleukin 2 production by prostaglandin E2 is not absolute but depends on the strength of the stimulating signal.


In view of the eminently important role of interleukin-2 (IL-2) in T-cell responses, and in view of reports about immune stimulatory effects of PGE2, we reinvestigated the question whether PGE2 inhibits IL-2 production. It was found that PGE2 does not inhibit IL-2 production in murine spleen cell cultures after optimal stimulation (5 micrograms/ml concanavalin A) but does inhibit at suboptimal stimulation conditions. The failure of PGE2 to inhibit IL-2 production at optimal concanavalin A concentration was demonstrated by two independent IL-2 assays namely by the co-stimulator assay and by the proliferation of IL-2-dependent T-cell clone W-2. Our observations indicated that the inhibitory effect of PGE2 depends on the strength of the stimulating signal. IL-2 production in cultures with 5 micrograms/ml concanavalin A was also not suppressed by PGE1, by prostaglandin D2, thromboxane B2 (T X B2), and prostaglandin F2.

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