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Soluble Interleukin 2 Receptor and Interleukin 1α in Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis:  A Comparative Analysis of Serum and Blister Fluid Samples FREE

Osvaldo Correia, MD; Luis Delgado, MD, PhD; Jean-Claude Roujeau, MD, PhD; Laurence Le Cleach, MD; José A. Fleming-Torrinha, MD, PhD
[+] Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Instituto Português Oncologia (Dr Correia), and Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine (Drs Correia, Delgado, and Fleming-Torrinha), Porto, Portugal; and Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Henri Mondor, Université Paris XII, Créteil, France (Drs Roujeau and Le Cleach).


Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(1):29-32. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.1.29.
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Background  Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) is a rare but severe adverse drug disease, characterized by extensive skin and mucosal detachment with participation of different immunoinflammatory pathways, in particular with early participation of activated CD8+ T lymphocytes.

Objective  To further study the potential role of T lymphocytes in the early phase of keratinocyte necrosis.

Design  Prospective study.

Setting  University hospitals.

Patients  Thirteen patients with clinical and histopathologic criteria of TEN and 6 patients with second-degree burns.

Main Outcome Measures  Measurement of soluble interleukin (IL) 2 receptor (sIL-2R) and IL-1α in serum samples and fluid of recent blisters.

Results  In the blister fluid of patients with TEN, we found significantly higher levels of sIL-2R than in patients with burns, whereas IL-1α levels were higher in the blister fluid of burned patients. No significant differences were found in serum samples of patients with TEN and burns, in either sIL-2R or IL-1α. In TEN we also found significantly higher levels of sIL-2R in the blister fluid compared with serum samples, pointing to a predominantly local production contrasting with the low concentration of sIL-2R in the blister fluid of burned patients.

Conclusions  Our findings of elevated sIL-2R levels in blister fluid of patients with TEN are probably related to a local down-regulation of an immunologically mediated cytotoxic reaction and further support the involvement of activated T lymphocytes in the early blisters of TEN.

TOXIC EPIDERMAL necrolysis (TEN) is an acute, life-threatening disease, frequently drug induced, characterized by severe epithelial detachment of skin and mucosal membranes. Although its pathophysiologic characteristics are not fully understood, data emphasize immune mediation.1 The rare recurrent cases of TEN usually begin 48 hours after drug rechallenge, contrasting with the usual delay of 1 to 3 weeks between the initiation of the treatment and the appearance of the first lesions, suggesting immunologic antigen priming. Clinical and histologic similarities with the severe forms of acute graft-vs-host disease, the association with autoimmune diseases, and the post-TEN Sjögren syndrome13 all favor an immune dysregulation. Recent evidence has shown that the massive destruction of epidermis results from keratinocytes apoptosis,4,5 but the trigger for apoptosis remains unknown.

The involvement of a drug-specific cytotoxic T-cell response against keratinocytes has recently been emphasized in different adverse drug reactions of the skin.69 In TEN, several studies reported a predominance of CD8+ T lymphocytes along the dermoepidermal junction, in the epidermis, or in the blister fluid of early blisters.1013 Our group and others have shown that these cells have the phenotype of memory T cells and function as cytotoxic T cells.12,13 To further study the potential role of T lymphocytes in the early phase of keratinocyte necrosis, when blistering is just appearing, we measured markers of their activation, soluble interleukin (IL) 2 receptor (sIL-2R) and IL-1α, in the fluid of recent blisters of patients with TEN.

We studied 13 patients with clinical and histopathologic findings of TEN, according to established criteria.14 We collected fluid from recent blisters (evolution <48 hours), early in the beginning of the disease and before the introduction of any immunosuppresive agent. In 7 of these patients, blood samples were also obtained at the same time as blister fluid. As a control, we took blood and blister fluid from 6 patients with second-degree burns. Samples were centrifuged and stored at −20°C until use. The IL-1α and sIL-2R were measured in duplicate samples by means of commercially available specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (Immunotech, Marseille, France), according to the manufacturer's instructions. Results are presented as medians and ranges. For statistical analysis, we used the Mann-Whitney test, the Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed rank test, and the Spearman rank correlation. A level of P<.05 was considered statistically significant.

Table 1 summarizes the main clinical characteristics of the 13 patients with TEN. Median age was 36 years (range, 13-53 years); 10 patients were female and 3 were male. Median skin detachment on the day the samples were collected was 27% of body surface area (range, 18%-58%), but it increased to a maximum of 40% (20%-95%). In all 13 patients, we collected blister fluid from recent blisters (evolution <48 hours) and early in the course of the disease. At that time, all patients had fever (median temperature, 39.0°C), without documented associated infection. Of the 13 patients, 5 (38.5%) died, most of them achieving the higher percentages of skin detachment. Associated drugs were found in 12 of the 13 patients, according to the imputability methods used for toxic drug reactions.15

Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 1. Relevant Clinical Characteristics of Patients With TEN*

For the 6 control patients with second-degree burns, median age was 42 years (range, 20-46 years); 5 were female and 1 was male. Median skin detachment on the day the samples were collected was 15% of body surface area (range, 10%-40%). At that time, the median temperature was 37.4°C (range, 37.0°C-38.2°C).

The sIL-2R and IL-1α levels in blister fluid and serum of the patients with TEN and burns are shown in Table 2. In TEN blisters, we found significantly higher levels of sIL-2R than in burns (P = .005), whereas IL-1α levels were higher in the blister fluid of burned patients (P = .02). No significant differences were found in serum samples of patients with TEN and burns, in either sIL-2R or IL-1α.

Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 2. Blister Fluid and Serum Levels of sIL-2R and IL-1α in Patients With TEN and Control Subjects With Burns*

Table 3 compares the levels of sIL-2R and IL-1α in the blister fluid and serum for both disorders, taken at the same time. In TEN we found significantly higher levels of sIL-2R in the blister fluid (P = .03) and no correlation between levels of sIL-2R in serum and blister fluid (r = 0.46, P = .29, Spearman rank correlation). In contrast, burned patients had a significantly lower concentration of sIL-2R in the blister fluid, which correlated positively with serum concentrations (r = 0.83, P = .04). We did not find a correlation between blister and/or serum sIL-2R level and the severity (skin detachment) or outcome of the patients. No significant differences were found between serum and blister fluid levels of IL-1α in both patients with TEN and burned control patients.

Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 3. Comparison of Blister Fluid and Serum Levels of sIL-2R and IL-1α in TEN*

Toxic epidermal necrolysis is rare, with an incidence of 0.4 to 1.2 cases per 1 million people, but frequently fatal, with an estimated rate of death around 30%.1,2 The patients included in our series (Table 1) were all classified according to a recognized classification.14 The most probable culprit drug was found according to an imputability method used for adverse drug reactions.15 Toxic epidermal necrolysis is usually associated with drug intake, but the pathophysiologic characteristics are not fully understood; however, immunologic mediation is unquestionable.4,5,1013 Since the blistering eruption is a rapid event all the studies, the main immunologic effectors and/or triggers in blood, skin, or blister fluid must be investigated in the first hours after bulla appearance. With this rule in mind, we demonstrated that CD8+ T lymphocytes with the phenotype of memory and cytotoxic T cells were the predominant cells in the first blisters and within the 48 hours of their appearance.12,13 Most of the blister fluid T lymphocytes express the skin-homing receptor cutaneous lymphocyte–associated antigen.16 In addition, drug-specific CD8+ T-cell clones have been described in skin adverse drug reactions,6 and T-cell–mediated cytotoxic effects against keratinocytes seem to be drug specific and mediated by perforin.8,9 The present study, with the finding of high levels of sIL-2R in patients with TEN, mainly in early blisters, further corroborates the participation of activated T lymphocytes or associated cytokines in the first steps of this disease.

Soluble IL-2 receptor represents the extracellular domain of the 55-kd α-chain of the IL-2 receptor.17,18 In vitro studies have shown the release of sIL-2R from activated T cells, correlating with the rate of expression of the membrane-bound receptor and the degree of activation.19 A similar release, but at a much lower rate, has also been described in B cells and monocytes,19 and therefore sIL-2R is usually considered a marker of T-cell activation. Elevated serum sIL-2R concentrations have been reported in burned patients, as part of the inflammatory response and immune dysfunction of the postburn period,18,20 and in disorders involving the activation of T cells, like autoimmune diseases21 or organ transplant rejection.22 In transplant rejection, serum sIL-2R concentrations correlate with the severity of the disease,22 and, interestingly, they are a sensitive indicator for acute graft-vs-host disease in allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, a clinical and biological disorder that, in severe cases, mimics TEN.1,2

This soluble protein (sIL-2R) can be measured in biological fluids by means of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and thus provides an indirect indicator of activated T cells, which are known to be present in the early blisters of TEN, where cytotoxic CD8+ lymphocytes predominate, as recently shown.12,13 A small subset of natural killer cells may also express the 55-kd α-chain of the IL-2 receptor (the CD16 CD56brightsubset), representing less than 10% of natural killer cells.23 However, this discrete natural killer subset lacks killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor expression,24 in contrast to blister fluid lymphocytes reported in TEN.13 In the blister fluid of patients with TEN, we found significantly increased levels of sIL-2R compared with control patients with second-degree burns (P = .005; Table 2). Moreover, only in TEN cases, blister levels were significantly higher than levels in corresponding serum samples taken at the time of blister puncture (P = .03; Table 3). This finding, and the lack of correlation with serum levels (r = 0.46, P = .29, Spearman rank correlation), points to a release of sIL-2R early at the site of blister formation in TEN and supports the presence of activated T cells in lesional skin.16 In contrast, sIL-2R levels in control blisters of burned patients were significantly lower than levels in corresponding serum samples and positively correlated with serum concentrations (r = 0.83, P = .04), consistent with a diffusion from the blood compartment. In 2 patients with TEN, we measured sIL-2R level in blisters with less than 48 hours of evolution, but appearing in the subsequent days, and we found a decrease in sIL-2R level associated with a decrease in the number of CD8+ lymphocytes (data not shown), further reinforcing the importance of knowing when the different studies were performed.

A significant reservoir of preformed sequestered IL-1α exists in epidermis, mainly in keratinocytes, and may be released on injury. External stimuli, such as burns, or internal triggers, such as local cytokine production, can induce the release of IL-1 for local or systemic delivery.25 Fluid taken from blisters on thermally injured skin, early after burn injury, contains substantial amounts of IL-1, and the source is the injured keratinocytes.26 In fact, human keratinocytes contain predominantly IL-1α, but more than 50% of the IL-1 activity within the epidermis is confined to the stratum corneum.27 Our data confirm the rapid and intense aggression to keratinocytes in burned patients, with consequent significantly higher levels of IL-1α in the early blisters, suggesting that thermal injury is a major stimulus for the production of this inflammatory cytokine by keratinocytes. However, different lesional mechanisms may explain the significant difference we found in blister fluid IL-1α level of burned patients compared with those with TEN—an exogenous thermal injury that induces keratinocyte necrosis at the epidermal surface (in burned patients) vs an endogenous immunologic cytotoxic reaction that induces a Fas-ligand–mediated keratinocyte apoptosis5 at the dermal-epidermal surface.

The significance of our findings of high levels of sIL-2R in the blister fluid of patients with TEN is difficult to establish, as the biological consequences of high concentrations of sIL-2R in several diseases are still poorly understood. In TEN, CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes directly and/or by induced cytokines are probably the main effectors to induce blister formation,6,812 and an increased number of lymphocytes with the natural killer phenotype and cytotoxic function were recently described in the blister fluid of patients with TEN.13 As IL-2 is especially relevant for the generation of cytotoxic T cells, natural killer cells, and lymphokine-activated killer cells,17,18,2729 it is possible that high levels of sIL-2R in the skin, even resulting from immune activation, may be involved in a local down-regulation of an immunologically mediated cytotoxic reaction. In this regard, Jobin et al,18 studying serum samples from burned patients, showed that purified sIL-2R inhibited natural killer cell activity by 50% and suppressed IL-2–induced interferon-γ production by peripheral blood mononuclear cells.

As the recently described expression of the killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor in most lymphocytes present in the early blister fluid of patients with TEN,13 elevated sIL-2R levels in blister fluid could be another way to down-regulate a massive cytotoxic reaction against keratinocytes. In fact, recent reports indicate that sIL-2R suppresses both natural killer cell activity and IL-2–induced interferon-γ,18 a cytokine required for the efficient specific killing of keratinocytes by cytotoxic T cells30 and drug-specific T-cell clones.8

While the cellular sources of the cytokines we measured in the blister fluid of patients with TEN were not established in our study, their expression and/or secretion in situ may participate in a cytokine cascade that culminates in the extensive skin and mucosal injury seen in the disease. A better understanding of the contribution of these and other immunoregulatory cytokines to the pathogenesis of TEN may allow the design of more specific and more effective therapy.

Accepted for publication May 1, 2001.

This study was partially supported by a 1996 grant from the Sociedade Portuguesa Dermatologia Venereologia, Lisbon.

We thank Fernando Campilho, MD, Instituto Português Oncologia, Porto, Portugal, for the statistical evaluation.

Corresponding author and reprints: Osvaldo Correia, MD, Department of Dermatology, Instituto Português Oncologia, 4200 Porto, Portugal (e-mail: osvaldo.correia@netc.pt).

Roujeau  JCStern  R Severe adverse cutaneous reactions to drugs. N Engl J Med. 1994;3311272- 1285
Link to Article
Roujeau  JCChosidow  OSaiag  PGuillaume  JC Toxic epidermal necrolysis (Lyell syndrome). J Am Acad Dermatol. 1990;231039- 1958
Link to Article
Palmares  JCorreia  ODelgado  LVaz-da-Silva  MMesquita-Guimarães  JCastro-Correia  J Ocular involvement in toxic epidermal necrolysis. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 1993;1171- 177
Link to Article
Paul  CWolkenstein  PAdle  H  et al.  Apoptosis as a mechanism of keratinocyte death in toxic epidermal necrolysis. Br J Dermatol. 1996;134710- 714
Link to Article
Viard  IWehrli  PBullani  R  et al.  Inhibition of toxic epidermal necrolysis by blockage of CD95 with human intravenous immunoglobulin. Science. 1998;282490- 493
Link to Article
Hertl  MGeisel  JBoecker  CMerk  HF Selective generation of CD8+ T-cell clones from the peripheral blood of patients with cutaneous reactions to beta-lactam antibiotics. Br J Dermatol. 1993;128619- 626
Link to Article
Mauri-Hellweg  DBettens  FMauri  DBrander  CHuntziker  TPichler  WJ Activation of drug-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in individuals allergic to sulfonamides, phenytoin, and carbamazepine. J Immunol. 1995;155462- 472
Schnyder  BFrutig  KMauri-Hellweg  DLimat  AYawalkar  NPichler  WJ T-cell–mediated cytotoxicity against keratinocytes in sulfamethoxazole-induced skin reaction. Clin Exp Allergy. 1998;281412- 1417
Link to Article
Yawalkar  NEgli  FHari  YNievergelt  HBraathen  LRPichler  WJ Infiltration of cytotoxic T cells in drug-induced cutaneous eruptions. Clin Exp Allergy. 2000;30847- 855
Link to Article
Miyauchi  HHosokawa  HAkaeda  TIba  HAsada  Y T-cell subsets in drug-induced toxic epidermal necrolysis: possible pathogenic mechanism induced by CD8-positive T cells. Arch Dermatol. 1991;127851- 855
Link to Article
Villada  GRoujeau  JCClérici  TBourgault  IRevuz  J Immunopathology of toxic epidermal necrolysis. Arch Dermatol. 1992;12850- 53
Link to Article
Correia  ODelgado  LRamos  JPResende  CFleming-Torrinha  JA Cutaneous T-cell recruitment in toxic epidermal necrolysis: further evidence of CD8+ lymphocyte involvement. Arch Dermatol. 1993;129466- 468
Link to Article
Le Cleach  LDelaire  SBoumsell  L  et al.  Blister fluid T lymphocytes during toxic epidermal necrolysis are functional cytotoxic cells which express human natural killer (NK) inibitory receptors. Clin Exp Immunol. 2000;119225- 230
Link to Article
Bastuji-Garin  SRzany  BStern  RShear  NHNaldi  LRoujeau  JC Clinical classification of cases of toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson and erythema multiforme. Arch Dermatol. 1993;12992- 96
Link to Article
Moore  NBiour  MPaux  G  et al.  Adverse drug reaction monitoring: doing it in the French way. Lancet. 1985;21056- 1058
Link to Article
Leyva  LTorres  MJPosadas  S  et al.  Anticonvulsant-induced toxic epidermal necrolysis: monitoring the immunologic response. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2000;105157- 165
Link to Article
Kuziel  WAGreene  WC Interleukin-2 and the IL-2 receptor: new insights into structure and function. J Invest Dermatol. 1990;94 (6, suppl) 27S- 32S
Link to Article
Jobin  NGarrel  DBernier  J Increased serum-soluble interleukin-2 receptor in burn patients: characterization and effects on the immune system. Hum Immunol. 2000;61233- 246
Link to Article
Rubin  LAKurman  CCFritz  ME  et al.  Soluble interleukin-2 receptors are released from activated human lymphoid cells in vitro. J Immunol. 1985;1353172- 3177
Teodorczyk-Injeyan  JSparkes  BGMills  GBFalk  REPeters  WJ Increase of serum interleukin 2 receptor level in thermally injured patients. Clin Immunol Immunopathol. 1989;51205- 215
Link to Article
Symons  JAWood  NCGiovine  FSDuff  GW Soluble IL-2 receptor in rheumatoid arthritis: correlation with disease activity: IL-1 and IL-2 inhibition. J Immunol. 1988;1412612- 2618
Miyamoto  TAkashi  KHayashi  S  et al.  Serum concentration of the soluble interleukin-2 receptor for monitoring acute graft-versus-host disease. Bone Marrow Transplant. 1996;17185- 190
Robertson  MJRitz  J Biology and clinical relevance of human natural killer cells. Blood. 1990;762421- 2438
Fehniger  TABluman  EMPorter  MM  et al.  Potential mechanisms of human natural killer cell expansion in vivo during low-dose IL-2 therapy. J Clin Invest. 2000;106117- 124
Link to Article
Murphy  JERobert  CKupper  TS Interleukin-1 and cutaneous inflammation: a crucial link between innate and acquired immunity. J Invest Dermatol. 2000;114602- 608
Link to Article
Kupper  TSDeitch  EABaker  CCWong  W The human burn wound as a primary source of interleukin-1 activity. Surgery. 1986;100409- 415
Hauser  CSaurat  JHSchmitt  AJaunin  FDayer  JM Interleukin 1 is present in normal human epidermis. J Immunol. 1986;1363317- 3323
Yu  TKCaudell  EGSmid  CGrimm  EA IL-2 activation of NK cells: involvement of MKK1/2/ERK but not p38 kinase pathway. J Immunol. 2000;1646244- 6251
Link to Article
Stepkowski  SMKirken  RA Specific suppression of interleukin 2 biosynthesis by synthetic antisense oligodeoxynucleotides does not influence allograft rejection. Transplantation. 2000;692480- 2483
Link to Article
Symington  FWSantos  EB Lysis of human keratinocytes by allogeneic HLA class-I specific cytotoxic T cells: keratinocytes ICAM-1 (CD54) and T cell LFA-1 (CD11a/CD18) mediate enhanced lysis of INF-γ-treated keratinocytes. J Immunol. 1991;1462169- 2175

Figures

Tables

Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 1. Relevant Clinical Characteristics of Patients With TEN*
Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 2. Blister Fluid and Serum Levels of sIL-2R and IL-1α in Patients With TEN and Control Subjects With Burns*
Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 3. Comparison of Blister Fluid and Serum Levels of sIL-2R and IL-1α in TEN*

References

Roujeau  JCStern  R Severe adverse cutaneous reactions to drugs. N Engl J Med. 1994;3311272- 1285
Link to Article
Roujeau  JCChosidow  OSaiag  PGuillaume  JC Toxic epidermal necrolysis (Lyell syndrome). J Am Acad Dermatol. 1990;231039- 1958
Link to Article
Palmares  JCorreia  ODelgado  LVaz-da-Silva  MMesquita-Guimarães  JCastro-Correia  J Ocular involvement in toxic epidermal necrolysis. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 1993;1171- 177
Link to Article
Paul  CWolkenstein  PAdle  H  et al.  Apoptosis as a mechanism of keratinocyte death in toxic epidermal necrolysis. Br J Dermatol. 1996;134710- 714
Link to Article
Viard  IWehrli  PBullani  R  et al.  Inhibition of toxic epidermal necrolysis by blockage of CD95 with human intravenous immunoglobulin. Science. 1998;282490- 493
Link to Article
Hertl  MGeisel  JBoecker  CMerk  HF Selective generation of CD8+ T-cell clones from the peripheral blood of patients with cutaneous reactions to beta-lactam antibiotics. Br J Dermatol. 1993;128619- 626
Link to Article
Mauri-Hellweg  DBettens  FMauri  DBrander  CHuntziker  TPichler  WJ Activation of drug-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in individuals allergic to sulfonamides, phenytoin, and carbamazepine. J Immunol. 1995;155462- 472
Schnyder  BFrutig  KMauri-Hellweg  DLimat  AYawalkar  NPichler  WJ T-cell–mediated cytotoxicity against keratinocytes in sulfamethoxazole-induced skin reaction. Clin Exp Allergy. 1998;281412- 1417
Link to Article
Yawalkar  NEgli  FHari  YNievergelt  HBraathen  LRPichler  WJ Infiltration of cytotoxic T cells in drug-induced cutaneous eruptions. Clin Exp Allergy. 2000;30847- 855
Link to Article
Miyauchi  HHosokawa  HAkaeda  TIba  HAsada  Y T-cell subsets in drug-induced toxic epidermal necrolysis: possible pathogenic mechanism induced by CD8-positive T cells. Arch Dermatol. 1991;127851- 855
Link to Article
Villada  GRoujeau  JCClérici  TBourgault  IRevuz  J Immunopathology of toxic epidermal necrolysis. Arch Dermatol. 1992;12850- 53
Link to Article
Correia  ODelgado  LRamos  JPResende  CFleming-Torrinha  JA Cutaneous T-cell recruitment in toxic epidermal necrolysis: further evidence of CD8+ lymphocyte involvement. Arch Dermatol. 1993;129466- 468
Link to Article
Le Cleach  LDelaire  SBoumsell  L  et al.  Blister fluid T lymphocytes during toxic epidermal necrolysis are functional cytotoxic cells which express human natural killer (NK) inibitory receptors. Clin Exp Immunol. 2000;119225- 230
Link to Article
Bastuji-Garin  SRzany  BStern  RShear  NHNaldi  LRoujeau  JC Clinical classification of cases of toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson and erythema multiforme. Arch Dermatol. 1993;12992- 96
Link to Article
Moore  NBiour  MPaux  G  et al.  Adverse drug reaction monitoring: doing it in the French way. Lancet. 1985;21056- 1058
Link to Article
Leyva  LTorres  MJPosadas  S  et al.  Anticonvulsant-induced toxic epidermal necrolysis: monitoring the immunologic response. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2000;105157- 165
Link to Article
Kuziel  WAGreene  WC Interleukin-2 and the IL-2 receptor: new insights into structure and function. J Invest Dermatol. 1990;94 (6, suppl) 27S- 32S
Link to Article
Jobin  NGarrel  DBernier  J Increased serum-soluble interleukin-2 receptor in burn patients: characterization and effects on the immune system. Hum Immunol. 2000;61233- 246
Link to Article
Rubin  LAKurman  CCFritz  ME  et al.  Soluble interleukin-2 receptors are released from activated human lymphoid cells in vitro. J Immunol. 1985;1353172- 3177
Teodorczyk-Injeyan  JSparkes  BGMills  GBFalk  REPeters  WJ Increase of serum interleukin 2 receptor level in thermally injured patients. Clin Immunol Immunopathol. 1989;51205- 215
Link to Article
Symons  JAWood  NCGiovine  FSDuff  GW Soluble IL-2 receptor in rheumatoid arthritis: correlation with disease activity: IL-1 and IL-2 inhibition. J Immunol. 1988;1412612- 2618
Miyamoto  TAkashi  KHayashi  S  et al.  Serum concentration of the soluble interleukin-2 receptor for monitoring acute graft-versus-host disease. Bone Marrow Transplant. 1996;17185- 190
Robertson  MJRitz  J Biology and clinical relevance of human natural killer cells. Blood. 1990;762421- 2438
Fehniger  TABluman  EMPorter  MM  et al.  Potential mechanisms of human natural killer cell expansion in vivo during low-dose IL-2 therapy. J Clin Invest. 2000;106117- 124
Link to Article
Murphy  JERobert  CKupper  TS Interleukin-1 and cutaneous inflammation: a crucial link between innate and acquired immunity. J Invest Dermatol. 2000;114602- 608
Link to Article
Kupper  TSDeitch  EABaker  CCWong  W The human burn wound as a primary source of interleukin-1 activity. Surgery. 1986;100409- 415
Hauser  CSaurat  JHSchmitt  AJaunin  FDayer  JM Interleukin 1 is present in normal human epidermis. J Immunol. 1986;1363317- 3323
Yu  TKCaudell  EGSmid  CGrimm  EA IL-2 activation of NK cells: involvement of MKK1/2/ERK but not p38 kinase pathway. J Immunol. 2000;1646244- 6251
Link to Article
Stepkowski  SMKirken  RA Specific suppression of interleukin 2 biosynthesis by synthetic antisense oligodeoxynucleotides does not influence allograft rejection. Transplantation. 2000;692480- 2483
Link to Article
Symington  FWSantos  EB Lysis of human keratinocytes by allogeneic HLA class-I specific cytotoxic T cells: keratinocytes ICAM-1 (CD54) and T cell LFA-1 (CD11a/CD18) mediate enhanced lysis of INF-γ-treated keratinocytes. J Immunol. 1991;1462169- 2175

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