The mechanism of activation of NK-cell IFN-γ production by ligation of CD28

Jason C. Cheung, Crystal Y. Koh, Brian E. Gordon, Julie A. Wilder, Dorothy Yuan

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Abstract

We have investigated the mechanism by which anti-CD28 antibodies activates IFN-γ production by murine NK cells. These studies reveal that engagement of CD28 alone by this antibody is a poor activator of this cytokine response. Effective stimulation requires simultaneous ligation of the receptor for Fc (FcγRIII, CD16) which on its own is also a poor inducer of murine NK cells. The mechanism by which immobilized anti-CD28 increases IFN-γ mRNA abundance involves both upregulation of transcription as well as induction of mRNA stabilization. However, the elevation of transcription is not as evident as that induced by IL-12 which, in contrast, does not induce message stabilization. Thus ligation of CD28 in the presence of IL-12 results in a synergistic increase in production of the cytokine. Using this assay we have also determined that immobilized anti-CD28 cannot induce resting NK cells to produce IFN-γ. In contrast, the same cells can be induced by BCL1- C11 tumor cells that express high amounts of the CD28 ligand, B7-2. These studies provide important insights into the ability of cells bearing counter- receptor for CD28 to activate NK cell-cytokine production in vivo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-372
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Immunology
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1999

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Natural Killer Cells
Ligation
Interleukin-12
Cytokines
Messenger RNA
Fc Receptors
Anti-Idiotypic Antibodies
Up-Regulation
Ligands
Antibodies
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • CD28
  • FcγRIII
  • IFN-γ mRNA stability
  • IL-12
  • NK cells

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  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology

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The mechanism of activation of NK-cell IFN-γ production by ligation of CD28. / Cheung, Jason C.; Koh, Crystal Y.; Gordon, Brian E.; Wilder, Julie A.; Yuan, Dorothy.

In: Molecular Immunology, Vol. 36, No. 6, 04.1999, p. 361-372.

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Cheung, Jason C. ; Koh, Crystal Y. ; Gordon, Brian E. ; Wilder, Julie A. ; Yuan, Dorothy. / The mechanism of activation of NK-cell IFN-γ production by ligation of CD28. In: Molecular Immunology. 1999 ; Vol. 36, No. 6. pp. 361-372.
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