Human Monocytes - CD14, CD16 - Ziegler-Heitbrock


Administration of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor induces hyporesponsiveness to lipopolysaccharide and impairs antigen-presenting function of peripheral blood monocytes


The incidence and severity of acute graft-vs-host disease after allogeneic transplantation of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)-mobilized peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) are not greater than those after conventional bone marrow transplantation despite infusion of more than one log greater number of donor T cells in PBSC. It has been postulated that monocytes from G-CSF-mobilized donors suppress alloreactivity of donor T cells.We investigated the phenotype and function of monocytes in normal individuals receiving 10 &mgr;g/kg of G-CSF for 4 days.Monocytes were phenotypically and functionally different after G-CSF administration from steady-state monocytes. They were characterized by an increased CD14(+)CD16(+) subpopulation, reduced expression of HLA-DR, and diminished ability to produce tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-10 to lipopolysaccharide, compared with steady-state monocytes. These alterations were not replicated by culturing monocytes with G-CSF in vitro, suggesting an indirect effect of G-CSF. In addition, the antigen-presenting function of G-CSF-mobilized monocytes was impaired.Hyporesponsiveness of G-CSF-treated monocytes to lipopolysaccharide with regard to tumor necrosis factor-alpha production, together with impaired antigen-presenting function, may be responsible for the unexpectedly low incidence of graft-vs-host disease after G-CSF-mobilized PBSC transplantation.

Authors: Sunami K, Teshima T, Nawa Y, Hiramatsu Y, Maeda Y, Takenaka K, Shinagawa K, Ishimaru F, Ikeda K, Niiya K, Harada M
Journal: Exp Hematol 29: 1117-1124
Year: 2001
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