We examined the responsiveness to Interleukin-4 (IL-4) and Interleukin-2 (IL-2) of peripheral blood lymphocytes from patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) and non-AD controls. The IL-4 responsiveness of the AD patients was found to be higher than that of the non-AD controls. In contrast, the IL-2 responsiveness of the AD patients was relatively lower than that of the non-AD controls. When IL-4/IL-2 responsiveness ratio was compared, the IL-4/IL-2 responsiveness ratio of the AD patients (54.1 +/- 18.5) was significantly higher than that of the non-AD controls (24.8 +/- 9.9, p less than 0.001). The high IL-4/IL-2 responsiveness ratio found in the AD patients may possibly be related to the pathogenesis of AD.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Japanese Journal of Allergology|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 1 1989|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Immunology and Allergy