Modulation of spontaneous immunoglobulin production by natural killer cells in rheumatoid arthritis

Zair Tovar, Richard M. Pope, Norman Talal*

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Abstract

Synovial fluid (SF) mononuclear cells obtained from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) spontaneously produce large amounts of immunoglobulin. In the rheumatoid joint, natural killer (NK) cell activity is reduced in comparison with that in the peripheral blood (PB). We examined the ability of SF NK cells to modulate the spontaneous production of Ig in RA SF, and we contrasted this with the activity in PB from RA patients and from normal subjects. We found that the spontaneous production of IgG was greater in RA SF than in RA or normal PB. The baseline NK activity was significantly lower in RA SF than in RA or normal PB (P < 0.005). Incubation with anti‐Leu‐11b and complement reduced NK activity in PB, but not in SF, and it significantly (P ⩽ 0.021) increased IgG production in both RA SF and RA PB. Lysis of NK cells in this manner also resulted in a significant increase (P < 0.02) in IgM production in RA SF. These results suggest that NK cells with a Leu‐11b phenotype down‐regulate the ongoing synthesis of IgG and IgM in the rheumatoid joint.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1435-1439
Number of pages5
JournalArthritis & Rheumatism
Volume29
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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