Sezary's syndrome is a leukemic proliferation of OKT4+ lymphocytes. Sezary cells were isolated by differential centrifugation and fused to CEM.8azar.C, and HGPRTase-lacking clone of CEM. The hybrid cells were studied for their ability to produce soluble mediators of human monocyte cytotoxicity. The product of a single clone, FtF3, which bore the surface phenotype of Sezary cells, was characterized. Monocyte cytotoxicity-inducing factor (MCF) was found to be stable at pH 2 for 1 hr, unlike IFN-gamma, and was found to be more heat stable as well. Moreover, treatment of MCF with antisera to IFN-gamma, IFN-alpha or a combination of IFN-gamma and IFN-alpha failed to neutralize its biologic activity. MCF binds to matrix gel Red A. MCF eluted from this dye-ligand was found to have an apparent m.w. of 11,500 by gel filtration and 14,700 by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. MCF produced by hybridized Sezary cells appear to be neither IFN-gamma nor an altered molecular form of IFN-gamma, yet is a potent inducer of human monocyte cytotoxicity.

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