Faculty Research 1980 - 1989


Leukemogenesis, immune responsiveness, and murine leukemia virus expression in congenic AKR/J mice differing at H-2.

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Dinitrobenzenes: im, H-2-Antigens, Hemagglutination-Tests, Immunity-Cellular, Leukemia-Experimental: im, Lipopolysaccharides, Lymphocyte-Transformation, Mice, Mice-Inbred-AKR, Mouse-Leukemia-Viruses: im, Phytohemagglutinins, Precipitins

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Infect-Immun. 1980 Sep; 29(3):1007-12.


NO1-CP-33255, R32-CA-25944


In this study we examined the leukemia incidence, ectropic and xenotropic murine leukemia virus expression, and immune responsiveness of congenic AKR/J mice differing at the H locus. Congenic AKR.L-H-2b/1 mice, bearing the H-2b haplotype derived from C57L/J, were found to have a significant delay in time of death due to leukemia relative to that of AKR/J (H-2k) mice. The expression of ecotropic murine leukemia virus was found to be identical in both strains. The expression of xenotropic murine leukemia virus did vary, however, with the AKR.L-H-2b/1 mice showing a significantly reduced level of virus expression relative to AKR/J mice. In addition to these observations, we found that the AKR.L-H-2b/1 mice have an enhanced blastogenic responsiveness to phytohemagglutinin and to specific antigen to which they had previously been sensitized. Concomitant enhanced antibody response was not found. We suggest that the stronger cellular response, relative to AKR/J, may contribute to the delay in leukemia onset and to reduced xenotropic virus expression observed with the congenic mice.