Tumor necrosis factor alpha and human Schwann cells: signalling and phenotype modulation without cell death.

The aim of the study was to evaluate the biological response of human Schwann cells (SC) to tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) in vitro and to the inflammatory milieu of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuritis (CIDP). By immunocytochemical and functional assays, we found that SC expressed TNF receptors and that TNFalpha promoted in SC… CONTINUE READING