The S-Oxalin, N-acetyl-S-oxalylcysteamine, inhibits lymphocyte proliferation, IL-2 production and utilization

Deborah S. Grove, Caren V. Crowl, Gordon A. Hamilton, Andrea M. Mastro

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S-Oxalins are a recently described class of cell metabolites that appear to function as negative regulators of proliferation. Previously we have shown that exogenous S-oxalylglutathione (GS-Ox) inhibits the proliferation of lymphocytes by inhibiting the production and utilization of IL-2. In the present study the synthetic S-oxalin, N-acetyl-S-oxalylcysreamine (ACS-Ox), was utilized in similar experiments to determine whether GS-Ox itself, or possibly some metabolite formed following initial conversion of GS-Ox by γ-glutamyltransferase (GGT), is responsible for the effects (ACS-Ox is not metabolized by GGT). ACS-Ox inhibited DNA synthesis in lymphocytes stimulated by concanavalin A similarly to GS-Ox. IL-2 production and utilization and IL-2R expression were inhibited as well. ACS-Ox also inhibited the proliferation of IL-2 dependent cells at the same concentration as GS-Ox. Because the effects of GS-Ox and ACS-Ox are so similar, presumably the S-oxalin itself, rather than some metabolite, is responsible for the observed effects. Transfer of oxalyl groups from S-oxalins to various protein thiols is the most likely mechanism involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-511
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 15 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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