Interleukin-1 Production by Mononuclear Cells and Natural Killer Cell Activity in Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

  • A. Chybicka
  • J. Boguslawska-Jaworska
  • W. Budzyński
  • Cz. Radzikowski
  • W. Jaworski
Conference paper
Part of the Haematology and Blood Transfusion / Hämatologie und Bluttransfusion book series (HAEMATOLOGY, volume 34)


Interleukin 1 (IL-1) plays a major role in the response to infection, in inflammation, and in every immunological challenge. Over the past 10 years a variety of additional activities, especially of purified IL-1 on various target cells in vitro, has been reported [1]. As shown by Shirakawa et al. [2], IL-1 enhances also natural killer (NK) cell cytotoxic effect and proliferation. Expression of IL-2 receptors on NK cell surface can be regulated by IL-1 [3]. [4] Although IL-1 acts directly on many immunocompetent cells its role in malignant diseases has not yet been extensively explored [5]. We have previously reported apparent deficiency of IL-1 production by mononuclear cells of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during the whole period of cytostatic therapy [6].


Natural Killer Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Natural Killer Cell Activity Natural Killer Activity Natural Killer Cell Number 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Chybicka
    • 1
  • J. Boguslawska-Jaworska
    • 1
  • W. Budzyński
    • 2
  • Cz. Radzikowski
    • 2
  • W. Jaworski
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Hematology and OncologyMedical AcademyWroclawPoland
  2. 2.Department of Tumor ImmunologyInstitute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy Polish Academy of ScienceWroclawPoland
  3. 3.Department of Children SurgeryMedical AcademyWroclawPoland

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