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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Production of two hemopoietic growth factors is differentially regulated in single T lymphocytes activated with an anti-T cell receptor antibody.

A method has been developed to measure the production by single activated T lymphocytes of two hemopoietic growth factors, granulocyte-macrophage CSF (GM-CSF) and multipotential CSF (multi-CSF or IL-3). When individual cells of the L3T4 (CD4)+ F23.1+ T cell clone E9.D4 were transferred by micromanipulation into wells coated with the monoclonal anti-T cell receptor antibody F23.1, up to 90% of cells produced CSF as detected by CSF-dependent hemopoietic cell lines. Production occurred in the absence of proliferation and did not require the addition of accessory cells or IL-2. Both the frequency of CSF-producing cells and the average production per positive cell depended on the density of the immobilized stimulating ligand, indicating that the response of each cell is not an all-or-none phenomenon but varies with the strength of stimulation. Individual cells of the clone varied over a 100-fold range in their total CSF titer with a mean value of about 0.05 U/cell. They also varied in their relative production of GM-CSF and multi-CSF. Thus, low producing cells secreted only GM-CSF whereas high producing cells also secreted multi-CSF. The failure of low producing cells to secrete multi-CSF was not genetically based since such cells could give rise to progeny that synthesized multi-CSF. These results suggest that the synthesis of these two lymphokines can be differentially regulated at the level of the single cell.[1]


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