Inflammatory cells in solid murine neoplasms. III. Cytotoxicity mediated in vitro by macrophages recovered from disaggregated regressing Moloney sarcomas

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  • Macrophages (M phi) were recovered from disaggregated, spontaneously regressing Moloney sarcomas for in vitro testing of their cytotoxic capabilities. At a 3:1 ratio, M phi in monolayers efficiently killed (51Cr release) a variety of tumor target cells without regard to antigenic specificity. Within 24 hr most of their cytolytic potential was lost. Killing could be restored, however, if M phi were replated at higher cell densities. A soluble, heat stable, dialyzable inhibitor of thymidine incorporation, which did not interfere with cellular proliferation, also was produced by M phi recovered from Moloney sarcomas. The finding of such a competitive inhibitor, probably cold thymidine, in supernatants further opened to question the validity of radioisotope incorporation into DNA as a measure of M phi mediated cytostasis. The data presented suggest that M phi may participate in the regression process by directly killing tumor cells, thus complementing the antigen specific cytolytic capabilities of the T lymphocytes which are also found in large numbers in regressing Moloney sarcomas.
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    Author List

  • Russell SW; Gillespie GY; McIntosh AT
  • Start Page

  • 1574
  • End Page

  • 1579
  • Volume

  • 118
  • Issue

  • 5