Interleukin-15 is not a constitutive cytokine in the epidermis, but is inducible in culture or inflammatory conditions

Gang Wen Han, Keiji Iwatsuki, Masayuki Inoue, Takashi Matsui, Akiko Nishibu, Hitoshi Akiba, Fumio Kaneko

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The regulation in the skin of interleukin-15 (IL-15), a potent modulator of T-cell-mediated immune responses, is not fully understood. We investigated the levels of IL-15 and its mRNA produced by epidermal and cultured keratinocytes and found that normal keratinocytes did not constitutively express IL-15 in the epidermis, but in culture began to produce the cytokine. Some epidermal keratinocytes expressed IL-15 in inflammatory conditions associated with infiltration of neutrophils and eosinophils. IL-15 was detected only in the cell lysates, not in the supernatants of cultured keratinocytes. Dexamethasone (10-5- 10-6 M) markedly inhibited IL-15 mRNA expression by normal and transformed keratinocytes in a range of pharmacological concentrations. IFN-(γ) (200 and 400 U/ml) slightly increased the 1L-15 message level in a squamous cell carcinoma cell line, HSC-5, in a dose-dependent fashion, whereas no significant change was observed in cultured normal human keratinocytes. Our data indicate that IL- 15 is not a constitutive cytokine in epidermal keratinocytes but is inducible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-40
Number of pages4
JournalActa Dermato-Venereologica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Dexamethasone
  • Human squamous cell carcinoma
  • IL-15
  • Interferon-γ
  • Keratinocyte
  • Northern blotting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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