Serum soluble CD4, CD8 and IL-2R levels in adult acute myeloid leukemia in remission

  • Yoshikazu Iizuka
  • Masumi Aiso
  • Toshiteru Ohshima
  • Shigemasa Sawada
  • Takashi Horie


We have measured the serum levels of soluble CD4, CD8 and IL-2R in 43 patients with AML in complete remission (AML-CR). The sCD8 levels of AML-CR patients (443.9 ± 224.4 u/ml) were significantly high as compared to that of the normal controls (177.1 ± 76.3 u/ml),p < 0.01. The sIL-2R levels of AML-CR patients were 715.0 ± 646.3 u/ml, which significantly differed when compared to 322.1 ± 65.7 u/ml for the normal controls,p < 0.01. However, the sCD4 levels of AML-CR patients were 9.6 ± 4.7 u/ml, which did not differ from the 8.3 ± 2.6 u/ml of the normal controls. The AML-CR patients showed significantly increased sCD8 and sIL-2R levels at all ranges during the remission from one to 188 months.

The sCD8 levels and sIL-2R levels of the AML-CR patients showed a close correlation,p < 0.01. Further, the sCD8 levels and lymphokine activated killer cell cytotoxic activity showed a close correlation,p < 0.05. The presence of the activation of anti-tumor immunity may be related to the continuance of the remission in the AML-CR patients.

Key Words




infectious mononucleosis


angio-immunoblastic lymphadenopathy


Hodgkin’s disease


hairy cell leukemia


acute myeloid leukemia


acute lymphocytic leukemia




pretreated patients


patients with AML in complete remission


peripheral mononuclear cells


non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma


adult T cell leukemia


natural killer cell cytotoxic activity


lymphokine activated killer cell cytotoxic activity


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshikazu Iizuka
    • 1
  • Masumi Aiso
    • 1
  • Toshiteru Ohshima
    • 1
  • Shigemasa Sawada
    • 1
  • Takashi Horie
    • 1
  1. 1.First Department of Internal MedicineNihon University, School of MedicineTokyoJapan

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