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Perforin-dependent cytolytic responses in beta2-microglobulin-deficient mice.

Smyth MJ, Snook MB
Cellular Cytotoxicity Laboratory, The Austin Research Institute, Studley Road, Heidelberg, Victoria, 3084, Australia. [email protected]


The ability of beta2-microglobulin-deficient mice (B6.beta2micro(o)) mice to reject syngeneic and major histocompatability (MHC) class I-deficient tumor grafts was examined with a view to determining residual cytotoxic activities that exist in these mice. In particular, the cytotoxic activities of NK cells and CD8(+) cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) reactive against self-MHC class I were assessed using a variety of gene-targeted mice. The creation of mice doubly deficient for perforin and beta2micro (B6.P(o).beta2micro(o)) enabled the determination that perforin was responsible for the cytotoxic activity of NK cells and CD8(+) CTL reactive against self-MHC class I. Dependence on perforin function was demonstrated for the cytotoxicity of these effectors in vitro and for the ability of these effectors to reject a variety of tumors in vivo.


  • Journal: Cellular Immunology
  • Published: 25/08/1999
  • Volume: 196
  • Issue: 1
  • Pagination: 51-59