Cytokines and peripheral tolerance to alloantigen.
Dallman MJ., Wood KJ., Hamano K., Bushell AR., Morris PJ., Wood MJ., Charlton HM.
The induction of peripheral tolerance to alloantigen is accompanied in many cases by a decrease in the production of cytokines such as IL-2 and IFN gamma, yet a sustained production of cytokines such as IL-10 and IL-4. Whether or not this altered pattern of cytokine production in tolerant animals is causally related to the induction and/or maintenance of the tolerant state has yet to be fully determined, although experiments blocking selectively the action of IL-2 with CD25 antibodies suggest that manipulation of cytokine production may at least be a route to tolerance. Alternative methods for directly influencing the cytokine balance are sought and recent experiments on the CD28/CTLA-4-B7 interaction suggest a possible approach.