In vivo effects of multiple cycles of recombinant interleukin-2 (IL2) on peripheral granulocyte-macrophage hematopoietic progenitors circulating in the blood of cancer patients.


The numbers of peripheral blood (PB) granulocyte-macrophage colony forming units (CFU-GM) were evaluated in five patients treated with multiple weekly cycles of recombinant interleukin-2 (IL2). A 4.5-12 fold increase in the number of CFU-GM was evident within 8 days after the beginning of the treatment. The maximal increase in the absolute numbers of CFU-GM… (More)