Interleukin 2 receptor expression by activated HNK-1+ granular lymphocytes: A requirement for their proliferation

T. Abo, C. A. Miller, C. M. Balch, M. D. Cooper

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A subpopulation of HNK-1+ cell was found to express interleukin 2 receptor (IL 2R) as monitored by the anti-Tac monoclonal antibody after lectin or allogeneic cell stimulation. When blood mononuclear cells were stimulated with phytohemagglutinin (PHA) or concanavalin A for 3 days, or with pokeweed mitogen or allogeneic mononuclear cells for 6 days, virtually all of the HNK-1+ cells remained as small resting lymphocytes. One-fourth of these HNK-1+ cells expressed IL 2R, however, usually within 18 hr after stimulation. Neither circulating HNK-1+ cells nor unstimulated HNK-1+ cells in short-term culture expressed IL 2R. Only the subset of HNK-1+ cells that expressed T cell surface markers, such as the sheep erythrocyte receptor and Leu-4 antigen, could be induced to express IL 2R. When long-term cultures of HNK-1+ cells were established with initial PHA stimulation and the continued presence of IL 2, a majority of the cells was found to express the IL 2R. When anti-Tac antibody was added to the long-term cultures, proliferation of the HNK-1+ cells was completely inhibited. These results suggest that entry into growth cycle by this subpopulation of HNK-1+ granular lymphocytes may require two signals: a relatively nonspecific ligand interaction with cell surface glycoprotein(s) to induce expression of IL 2R, and subsequent IL 2 interaction with these specific cell surface receptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1822-1826
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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