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Developmental Immunology
Volume 7 (2000), Issue 2-4, Pages 67-75

Defective Chemokine Production in T-Leukemia Cell Lines and its Possible Functional Role

Department of Clinical Immunology, University of Umeå, Umeå S-901 85, Sweden

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Peripheral blood lymphocytes and T-cell clones produced nanogram quantities of the chemokines RANTES, MIP-lα, MIP-lβ, MCP-l, IL-8 and GRO-α as well as the motogenic cytokine HGF. In contrast, various T-leukemia cell lines at different stages of differentiation did not produce the same chemokines/cytokines. In order to study the possible functional importance of the poor chemokine production different T-cell lines were compared with respect to development of motile forms and migration on extracellular matrix components in the absence and presence of various chemokines. RANTES, MIP-1α, MIP-1β, IL-8, GRO-α and lymphotactin did not augment the development of motile forms including the size and appearance of the pseudopodia activity of the T-leukemia cell lines. The T-cell lines migrated spontaneously on/to fibronectin in a Boyden chamber assay system. Chemokines augmented the migration of the T-leukemia cell lines on fibronectin in the Boyden system in a chemotactic fashion with peak responses at 10 to 50 ng/ml. Thus, the production of chemokines is defective, in neoplastic T-lymphocytes. The defective chemokine production does not seem to play any major role for the basic locomotor capacity of the cells but may modulate the responsiveness to exogenous chemokines.