The macrophage tumor cell line J774.1 replaced the function of normal macrophages in the induction of polyclonal killer T cells with 2-mercaptoethanol. J774.1 does not normally release soluble factor(s) which we have shown to be responsible for the differentiation of T cells to killer T cells. However, stimulation of J774.1 with LPS induced soluble factor(s) for T cell activation. An optimum concentration of LPS for the production of soluble factor(s) was 1 to 10 µg/ml, which completely inhibited growth of the tumor cells. The production of soluble factor(s) was observed within 6 hr after LPS stimulation and reached its maximum level at 24 hr. Incubation of the cell line with 8Br-cyclic AMP and theophylline induced soluble factor(s), suggesting that LPS stimulation induced an increase in intracellular cyclic AMP which leads to the synthesis of soluble factor(s).

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This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for immunologic research from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Japan.

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