Double-stranded RNA and bacterial lipopolysaccharide enhance sensitivit to TNF-α -mediated cell death

Stanisiaw H. Gromkowski, Khuzaima Mama, Junjl Yagi, Ranjan Sen, Satyajit Rath

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The effect of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) and bacterial lipopolysaccharide on the sensitivity to tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-medlated cell death was studied In an In vitro system. Since secretion of TNF-α Is a part of the early host response to viral and bacterial infection, we examined whether mimicking the Infection with viral and bacterial products could affect the response of cells to TNF-α. Incubation of WEHI 164 fibrosarcoma cells with dsRNA or lipopolysaccharide (LPS) significantly increased their sensitivity to TNF-α-mediated lysis and to TNF-secreting inflammatory T cell-mediated lysis. Thus, these products could induce Increased sensitivity to TNF-α In cells In an inflammatory focus, possibly contributing to selective elimination of Infected but not healthy cells by this non-specific cytokine. Additionally, our data show that both dsRNA and LPS, as well as TNF-α Itself, rapidly Induce nuclear factor-xB (NF-*B), a DNA-bindlng protein Implicated In regulation of gene expression. We suggest that NF-xB could regulate genes crucial for the induction of cell death by TNF-α.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)903-908
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Immunology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Inflammation
  • Inflammation T cells
  • NF-XB

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Transplantation
  • Immunology


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