The intracellular oxidation of 2′,7′-dichlorofluorescin in murine T lymphocytes

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Journal Article
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Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2001, 30 (1), pp. 82 - 88
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2001-01-01
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Intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production by activated murine T lymphocytes was investigated by analyzing intracellular dichlorofluorescin (DCFH2) oxidation in lymph node cells (LNC). An increase in DCFH2oxidation in LNC induced by phorbol myristate acetate (PMA) was detected by flow cytometry. It was confirmed that this increase was present in Thy1+LNC. We examined the contribution to intracellular DCFH2oxidation of ROS released by leukocytes other than T cells present in the LNC suspension. Superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione/glutathione peroxidase inhibited the PMA-induced increase in intracellular DCFH2oxidation. Furthermore, PMA failed to elicit DCFH2oxidation in LNC isolated from mice lacking a functional NADPH oxidase (gp91phoxgene knockout mice), but this response could be restored in these cells by the addition of T cell-depleted LNC from wild-type litter mates. This study highlights the necessity for caution in using the DCFH2assay to demonstrate specific intracellular ROS production in heterogeneous cell populations. It also suggests that cells other than T cells in lymph node populations may, through production of ROS, influence the intracellular redox state of T lymphocytes. © 2000 Elsevier Science Inc.
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