Interferon γ modulates production of interleukin 1 and tumor necrosis factor by murine Kupffer cells


The Third Department of Internal Medicine Osaka City University Medical School 1–5–7, Asahi-Machi, Abeno-Ku Osaka, 545 Japan


ABSTRACT— When mononuclear phagocytes, including Kupffer cells, are activated by various agents, they synthesize and release cytokines such as interleukin 1 (IL-1) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF). In this study, we examined the effect of in vitro Kupffer cell activation by recombinant murine interferon γ (IFNγ) on IL-1 and TNF secretion. IFNγ enhanced TNF production in the presence or absence of lipopolysaccharide (LPS), but suppressed IL-1 production by Kupffer cells. Because IFNγ also stimulated prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) production, the effect of indomethacin, which is an inhibitor of cyclooxygenase and which inhibits PGE2 biosynthesis, on IL-1 and TNF production by Kupffer cells was examined. As a result, indomethacin enhanced TNF production by Kupffer cells, but had no effect on IL-1 synthesis. These results suggested that IFNγ modulates the production of IL-1 and TNF by Kupffer cells through different mechanisms.