Cytolytic Granules as Targets for Immunosuppressive Therapy: Selective Ablation of CTL by Leucyl-Leucine Methyl Ester

  • Dwain L. Thiele
  • Peter E. Lipsky


Cytotoxic lymphocytes constitute a subset of immune effector cells defined by their unique capacity for cell-mediated cytotoxicity. A number of observations have suggested that these cells play a crucial role in the mediation of allograft rejection, elimination of virally infected cells, and control of tumor cell growth. Pharamacologic agents capable of selectively modulating cytotoxic lymphocyte function are therefore likely to be of value not only in delineating the role of these effector cells in such immune responses but also in ameliorating a variety of disease states. Whereas a variety of currently available immunosuppressive agents are capable of impairing generation of activated cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL), such effects appear to relate largely to nonspecific impairment of cell proliferation or T-helper cell function necessary for CTL activation, and not to selective impairment of this lymphocyte effector function.


Graft Versus Host Disease Cytotoxic Lymphocyte Natural Killer Function Cytolytic Granule Dipeptide Ester 


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  • Dwain L. Thiele
  • Peter E. Lipsky

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