Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor and interleukin-3 induce surface expression of interleukin-2 receptor p55-chain and CD4 by human eosinophils

Immunology. 1990 Jun;70(2):258-61.


In this report it is shown by immunofluorescence analysis, biochemical analysis and mRNA hybridization that human eosinophils express surface CD4 and interleukin-2 receptor (IL-2R) (CD25) when exposed to eosinophil activators granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and IL-3. Although the functional role of eosinophil CD4/CD25 expression has to be elucidated, it will be of interest in further studies to investigate whether in vivo induction of these molecules occurs in association with certain disease processes such as the hypereosinophilic syndrome or in immunological responses during allergic and helminthic parasitic diseases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Blotting, Northern
  • CD4 Antigens / analysis*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Colony-Stimulating Factors / pharmacology*
  • Eosinophils / immunology*
  • Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor
  • Growth Substances / pharmacology*
  • Humans
  • Interleukin-3 / pharmacology*
  • RNA, Messenger / analysis
  • Receptors, Interleukin-2 / analysis*
  • Receptors, Interleukin-2 / genetics


  • CD4 Antigens
  • Colony-Stimulating Factors
  • Growth Substances
  • Interleukin-3
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Receptors, Interleukin-2
  • Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor