Published in Blood Weekly, April 24th, 2003
According to a study from the United States, "Clinical reports suggest that acute ethanol intoxication is often associated with lymphopenia. Previously, ethanol was reported to invoke thymocyte apoptosis. We studied the effect of ethanol on T cell apoptosis.
"In addition, we evaluated the molecular mechanism of ethanol-induced T cell apoptosis. Human T cells harvested from healthy subjects after an alcohol drinking binge showed enhanced T cell apoptosis (before=0.4±0.2% vs. after= 19.6±2.5% apoptotic lymphocytes/field; p<0.001).
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