Human retinal pigment epithelial cells differentially express MHC class II (HLA, DP, DR and DQ) antigens in response to in vitro stimulation with lymphokine or purified IFN-gamma.

@article{Liversidge1988HumanRP,
  title={Human retinal pigment epithelial cells differentially express MHC class II (HLA, DP, DR and DQ) antigens in response to in vitro stimulation with lymphokine or purified IFN-gamma.},
  author={Janet Liversidge and Herbert F. Sewell and John V. Forrester},
  journal={Clinical and experimental immunology},
  year={1988},
  volume={73 3},
  pages={489-94}
}
A possible role for retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE) as local antigen presenting cells in immune inflammatory eye disease was investigated by studying the in vitro response of human RPE cells to stimulation with purified IFN-gamma or Con A induced lymphokine. RPE cells cultured with a single dose of 50-1000 u/ml IFN-gamma for up to 8 days to allow maximal Class II gene transcription, expressed HLA DP, DR and DQ antigens in a dose-dependent manner with 80% or more of cells positive for… CONTINUE READING