Glucocorticosteroids stimulate polyclonal immunoglobulin production by cord blood mononuclear cells.


Glucocorticosteroids (GCS) are in vitro polyclonal activators of immunoglobulin (Ig) production for human mononuclear cells (MC) from virtually all adult donors. However, GCS treatment of cord blood MC resulted in Ig production in only 12/41 samples. This GCS effect is T cell and monocyte dependent and is mediated in part by a soluble T cell replacing… (More)