Involvement of IL-10 and Bcl-2 in resistance against an asbestos-induced apoptosis of T cells

Yoshie Miura, Yasumitsu Nishimura, Hironobu Katsuyama, Megumi Maeda, Hiroaki Hayashi, Maolong Dong, Fuminori Hyodoh, Masafumi Tomita, Yoshinobu Matsuo, Ayuko Uesaka, Kozo Kuribayashi, Takashi Nakano, Takumi Kishimoto, Takemi Otsuki

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To analyze the possibility that immunological alteration in asbestos-related diseases (ARDs) such as asbestosis (ASB) and malignant mesothelioma (MM) may affect the progression of cancers, a human adult T cell leukemia virus-immortalized T cell line (MT-2Org) was continuously exposed to 10 μg/ml of chrysotile-B (CB), an asbestos. After at least 8 months of exposure, the rate of apoptosis in the cells became very low and the resultant subline was designated MT-2Rst. The MT-2Rst cells were characterized by (i) enhanced expression of bcl-2, with regain of apoptosis-sensitivity by reduction of bcl-2 by siRNA, (ii) excess IL-10 secretion and expression, and (iii) activation of STAT3 that was inhibited by PP2, a specific inhibitor of Src family kinases. These results suggested that the contact between cells and asbestos may affect the human immune system and trigger a cascade of biological events such as activation of Src family kinases, enhancement of IL-10 expression, STAT3 activation and Bcl-2 overexpression. This speculation was partially confirmed by the detection of elevated bcl-2 expression levels in CD4 + peripheral blood T cells from patients with MM compared with those from patients with ASB or healthy donors. Further studies will be required to verify the role of T cells with enhanced bcl-2 expression in tumor progression induced by asbestos exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1825-1835
Number of pages11
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Apoptosis
  • Asbestos
  • Bcl-2
  • IL-10
  • T cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Cancer Research


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