Cellular basis of tolerance to serum albumin in adult mice. I. Characterization of T suppressor and T helper cells

I. Zan-Bar, D. B. Murphy, S. Strober

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Abstract

The surface markers and size of suppressor cells were determined in adult (BALB/c x C57BL/Ka)F1 mice which were tolerized with a single injection of deaggregated bovine serum albumin (BSA). Suppressor cells from the spleens of tolerized donors were assayed in a cell transfer system in which graded numbers of cells were injected into irradiated syngeneic mice along with limiting numbers of T cells primed to BSA and an excess of B cells primed to DNP-BSA. Adoptive hosts were challenged with DNP-BSA in saline, and the anti-DNP response was measured. Suppressor cells were antigen specific as shown by the inhibitory activity of BSA-tolerant spleen cells on the response to DNP-BSA, but not to DNP-BGG. Suppressor cells were eliminated by in vitro treatment with anti-Thy 1.2, anti-Ly-2.2, anti-I-J subregion antisera and C, but not with anti-Ly-1 or anti-I-A subregion antisera. Neither unprimed nor primed helper T cells were detected in the spleen of tolerized donors after in vitro treatment with anti-Ly-2.2 antisera. Both helper and suppressor T cells from the spleens of primed or tolerized donors, respectively, showed a rapid sedimentation velocity (S>3.7 mm/hr).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-506
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume120
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

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