Effect of colchicine on T cell subsets of healthy volunteers

D. Ilfeld, E. Feierman, O. Kuperman, S. Kivity, M. Topilsky, L. Netzer, M. Pecht, N. Trainin

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Abstract

We examined the effect of oral colchicine (1-2 mg/day) on four healthy volunteers' T cell subsets. Colchicine significantly (P < 0.01) decreased the mean (±SD) percent of OKT3+ total T cells (from 70 ± 16 to 47 ± 13), OKT4+ helper/inducer T cells (from 44 ± 9 to 24 ± 6), and OKT8+ suppressor/cytotoxic T cells (from 27 ± 7 to 17 ± 7), but did not significantly affect the OKT4;OKT8 ratio (from 1.64 ± 0.21 to 1.48 ± 0.45) or concanavalin A-induced suppressor cell function (from 44 ± 9% to 47 ± 13%). Thus, colchicine non-selectively decreased the circulating helper/inducer and suppressor/cytotoxic T cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-598
Number of pages4
JournalImmunology
Volume53
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1984
Externally publishedYes

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