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Progress in Immunology
Vol. VII
Proceedings of the 7th International Congress of Immunology
Berlin 1989

Editors: F. Melchers
E.D. Albert, H. von Boehmer, M.P. Dierich, L. Du Pasquier,
K. Eichmann, D. Gemsa, O. Gotze, J.R. Kalden, S.H.E. Kaufmann,
H. Kirchner, K. Resch, G. Riethmiiller, A. Schimpl, C. Sorg,
M. Steinmetz, H. Wagner, H. G. Zachau

Editorial Assistance: L. Nicklin

With 255 Figures and 184 Tables

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informations about lymphokine functions in a whole body. Approaches to
investigate such functions may not be easy but deeply demanded.
Depletion of lymphokine-producing cells by introducing toxinic genes
driven by lymphokine gene promoters as a transgene or destroying the
lymphokine gene by homologous recombination using embryonic stem cells
might be very useful for such analyses.

Clinical application Should Be pone with an Extreme Care and a Good
Knowledge of in Vivo Effects.

As in vivo functions of lymphokines are often unexpected and
unpredictable from in vi tro studies, clinical applications of them
should be done with an extreme care of possible side effects. If we
are able to avoid unpleasant side effects by precise targeting ,
lymphokines could be most powerful and promising drugs because of
their strong and diverse activities. A drug delivery system that
allows focused administration to target site (s) such as malignant
!-umo"rs should be developed to fully utilize the effect of lymphokines.

Rapid progress of Studies on Regulation of Lymphokine Expression Is
Foreseen.

Regulation of lymphokine gene expression is essential for
understanding of the immune response. Though we did not describe about
such studies in this review, both cis-acting control element like NFkB
binding site (Lowenthal et al., in press) and trans-acting factors
like interferon regulating factors (Miyamoto et al., 1988) have been
already identified. Rapid progress in this field will provide us with
valuable and important informations about ordinate or competitive
regulation of many lymphokine genes.

Structural Studies on Lymphokines and Their Receptors Will Facilitate
piscovery of antagonists and agonists of Lymphokines

A large scale production of pure lymphokines using recombinant DNA
technology made it possible to analyze the three dimensional structure
of lymphokines by X-ray crystalography. Such approach to elucidation
of the IL-2 structure was initiated (Brandhuber et al., 1987).
Elucidation of the three dimensional structure of the lymphokine and
its receptor will help us to design antagonists or agonists. A
primitiv~ trial using soluble form of the IL-2 receptor L chain showed
immune suppressive activities in vitro (Kondo et al.,1988).

More Informations on Molecular Mechanisms of Signal Transduction are
Required.

Although we now know the structure of several lymphokine receptors,
little is known about their signal transduction mechanism. Most
lymphokine receptors (ligand binding molecules) do not seem to have
obvious catalytic domains. We might be able to identify another yet
unknown type of mechanism for lymphokine signal transduction.

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Realm of
Tolerance

Proceedings of a meeting in memory of
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Foreword by M. Boiron

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The papers include their personal reflections of
the Prague Institute, their impressions upon
arriving abroad and their interesting experimental
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