Treatment of old mice with IL-2 corrects dysregulated IL-2 and IL-4 production Academic Article Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Amyloid beta-Peptides
  • Dementia
  • Down Syndrome

abstract

  • Splenic T cells from old BALB/c mice, activated in vitro with antibody to CD3epsilon, secrete more IL-4 but less IL-2 than splenic T cells from young mice. The age-associated increase in IL-4 secretion is associated with a significantly increased concentration of intracellular IL-4 and its mRNA, although there is no increase in the number of activated T cells with intracellular IL-4. In contrast, the age-associated decrease in IL-2 secretion is associated with a significant decrease in the number of activated T cells with intracellular IL-2. In vivo there is a similar age-associated change in the number of activated T cells with detectable cytokine. The number of activated T cells with intracellular IL-4 is comparable in old and young mice, while the number of activated T cells with intracellular IL-2 is significantly decreased in old compared with young mice. Of great interest is the fact that old mice continuously exposed to IL-2 in vivo following the transplantation of J558 cells expressing the transfected IL-2 gene product have an increased number of splenic T cells with intracellular IL-2 that equals the level of such cells observed in young mice. Most important, the effect of continuous IL-2 administration in vivo was stable as spleen cells from old, IL-2-treated mice when stimulated in vitro with anti-CD3epsilon had a young-like pattern of both intracellular IL-2 and IL-4 expression as well as IL-2 and IL-4 secretion following in vitro activation. Thus, it appears that exposure of old mice to exogenous IL-2 can redress the age-associated imbalance in cytokine expression in vivo and cytokine secretion in vitro.

publication date

  • July 29, 1996

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/intimm/8.7.1009

PubMed ID

  • 8757946

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1009

end page

  • 15

volume

  • 8

number

  • 7