Co-Induction of Lymphokine Synthesis by the Antineoplastic Bryostatins

H. Mohr, George Pettit, A. Plessing-Menze

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The macrocyclic lactone bryostatins, isolated from marine bryozoans, have been found to be strong inhibitors of e.g., the P 388 murine lymphocyte leukemia cell line and in vivo systems. Presently, bryostatin 1 is under preclinical development as a potential anticancer drug, although the bryostatins exhibit some of the same biological effects as the tumor promoting phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA), especially activation of protein kinase C in certain cell types. In our experiments, we investigated the influence of bryostatin 1 on the synthesis of interleukin 2 (IL 2) and interferon-γ (IFN-γ) by ionophore A23187 or mitogen-induced human blood lymphocytes. These results were then compared with those achieved using the two tumor promoters PMA and teleocidin. Our data indicate that bryostatin 1 is comparable to these two other drugs in increasing production of the two lymphokines 10–100-fold. The IL 2 and IFN-γ production kinetics of cultures induced with either A23187/bryostatin 1 or A23187/PMA were practically identical. The general pattern of peptides, however, released from bryostatin 1 coinduced cultures differed from that obtained when PMA was used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-430
Number of pages11
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1987


  • Con A
  • IFN-γ
  • IL 2
  • PHA
  • PKC
  • PMA
  • SEA or SEB
  • concanavalin A
  • interferon-γ
  • interleukin 2
  • kDa
  • kilodaltons
  • phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate
  • phytohemagglutinin A
  • protein kinase C
  • staphylococcal enterotoxin A or B

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Hematology


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