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Optimisation of the CT h4S bioassay for detection of human interleukin-4 secreted by mononuclear cells stimulated by phytohaemaglutinin or by human leukocyte antigen mismatched mixed lymphocyte culture

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Limiting dilution analysis has been used in the context of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation to determine anti-recipient interleukin-2 (IL-2) producing helper T lymphocyte precursor (HTLp) frequencies, which in several studies have been predictive of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Recently high anti-recipient IL-4 producing HTLp frequencies have been reported and associated with a decreased risk of GVHD. The aim of the present study was to define the optimal conditions for combined determination of IL-2 and IL-4 producing anti-recipient HTLp frequencies. We have optimised the CT.h4S bioassay with regards to specificity, sensitivity, detection limit, and reproducibility. We have found the optimal assay conditions to be 1 x 10 (4) CT.h4S cells/well deprived of IL-4 for 24 h and preincubated for 7 h followed by 18 h of incubation with tritiated methyl-thymidine. In this setting the CT.h4S bioassay detects 5 pg/ml of human recombinant IL-4 with no detection of IL-2 in concentrations below 500 pg/ml. We have found 72 h of culture optimal for detection of IL-2 and IL-4 produced by human mononuclear cells (MNC) in response to stimulation with phytohaemaglutinin and for detection of IL-2 in human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-mismatched mixed leukocyte culture (MLC). An interindividual variation in cytokine accumulation was demonstrated for IL-4 but not for IL-2. With the use of 5x10(4) responder cells/well no IL-4 could be detected in HLA-mismatched MLC between days 1 and 16. The lack of IL-4 detection was not due to high amounts of soluble IL-4 receptor. With the use of 1x10(6) responder cells/well in HLA-mismatched MLC, we found limited IL-4 accumulation still increasing at day 12. We conclude that the CT.h4S bioassay is a reliable and specific method for quantification of IL-4 accumulation in cultures of human MNC. The difference in optimal timing for IL-2 (day 3) and IL-4 (>/=day 12) detection and evidence of very low IL-4 producing HTLp frequencies makes the relevance of a combined IL-2/IL-4 HTLp assay questionable.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftImmunology Letters
Vol/bind84
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)29-39
Antal sider11
ISSN0165-2478
StatusUdgivet - 21 okt. 2002

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