Suppression of antigen and mitogen induced human T lymphocyte DNA synthesis by bacterial lipopolysaccharide: Mediation by monocyte activation and production of prostaglandins

J. J. Ellner, P. J. Spagnuolo

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Abstract

These studies further characterize the effects of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on circulating human mononuclear cells. Escherichia coli LPS did not induce 3H-thymidine incorporation in unseparated mononuclear cells from healthy subjects during 5 days of culture. However, in co-culture experiments, LPS 2 to 20 μg/ml suppressed the response to suboptimal concentrations of phytohemagglutinin and streptokinase-streptodornase by 36 to 84%. Depletion of adherent cells or phagocytic cytic cells resulted in a T lymphocyte-enriched population highly responsive to stimulation by antigens and mitogens but refractory to suppression by LPS. Add-back experiments confirmed adherent cell dependence of the suppressive activity of endotoxin. Moreover, 5 x 104 adherent cells cultured with LPS for 24 hr and then washed inhibited the response of 1.5 x 105 T lymphocytes to antigen by 44 to 67%. Larger numbers of untreated adherent cells had a similar effect. Endotoxin was shown to activate monocytes under these cultural conditions by the criteria of increased attachment to plastic surfaces (by 2.0-fold) and increased release of immunoreactive prostaglandin E2 (by 6.6-fold). The prostaglandin release of cells cultured with LPS was reversed by indomethacin. Indomethacin and RO-20-5720 also blocked inhibition of lymphocyte function by large numbers of adherent cells and endotoxin-activated adherent cells. Moreover, supernatants of macrophages cultured with or without LPS suppressed T lymphocyte function; this activity was diminished when indomethacin was present during supernatant generation. These findings suggest that bacterial LPS activates human monocytes to produce prostaglandins that suppress T lymphocyte function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2689-2695
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume123
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology

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