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J Exp Med. 1991 February 1; 173(2): 507–510.
PMCID: PMC2118779

Interleukin 10: a novel stimulatory factor for mast cells and their progenitors

Abstract

We have characterized the mast cell stimulating activity of murine cytokine synthesis inhibitory factor, referred to as interleukin 10 (IL- 10). It was found that IL-10 alone failed to support the growth of mast cell lines and mast cell progenitors. Nevertheless, it dramatically enhanced their growth when combined with IL-3 or IL-4. Moreover, IL-4 plus IL-10 supported the proliferation of mast cells as well as IL-3, suggesting that these two factors may provide a pathway for their development independent of IL-3. However, optimal mast cell growth was stimulated by the combination of IL-10, IL-4, and IL-3. This particular set of cytokines are coordinately produced by activated T cells and may constitute an effective network regulating early and late stages of mast cell development during certain immune responses.

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