Faculty Research 1980 - 1989


Helper cell-independent cytolytic T lymphocytes specific for a minor histocompatibility antigen.

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Antigenic-Determinants: ge, Clone-Cells: im, Cytotoxicity-Immunologic, Female, Helper-Cells: im, Interleukin-2: bi, Male, Mice, Mice-Inbred-BALB-C, Mice-Inbred-C57BL, Minor-Histocompatibility-Loci, SUPPORT-U-S-GOVT-P-H-S, T-Lymphocytes-Cytotoxic: im

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J-Immunol. 1983 Feb; 130(2):542-5.


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We have isolated several anti-H-2Db-restricted cytolytic T cell clones specific for the minor histocompatibility antigen, H-1, from a long-term B10.129(5M) anti-C57BL/6 mixed leukocyte culture. All proliferate significantly, in the absence of exogenously added lymphokine, and in a specific manner to H-2Db-compatible stimulator cells that carry the appropriate H-1 minor antigen. Moreover, significant proliferation also occurs when T cell-depleted stimulator cells are used as the antigenic stimulus, indicating that the proliferative capacity of these clones is not the result of T cell factors produced by the stimulator cells. After concanavalin A stimulation, IL 2-like lymphokine activity can be detected from the one clone tested, 5M/B6-5. These data demonstrate the existence of antigen-driven, helper T cell-independent cytolytic T cell clones responsive to a single minor histocompatibility antigen. The implications of this finding are discussed.

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