Immunosuppression in vitro and in vivo by supernatants from murine lymphoma cell lines

A. Klajman*, I. Drucker, I. Zan-Bar, Y. Mekori, S. Ben-Efraim

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Supernatants from four murine B and one T-cell lymphoma cultures were tested for their suppressive effect on allogeneic response in vitro (MLR), on their effect on mitogenic response to ConA and LPS and on their effect in vivo on allogeneic stimulation of BALB/c mice by C57BL/6J spleen cells. Two out of four B-cell supernatants (WEHI-231 and 24-666) were also tested for their effect on induction of IL-2 like activity by ConA in BALB/c spleen cells and on the effect of their injection on subsequent allogeneic response of spleen cells from BALB/c mice immunized against C57BL/6J spleen cells. The supernatants from all lymphoma lines inhibited MLR but only supernatants from the B-cell lymphoma lines also inhibited mitogenic stimulation in vitro and allogeneic immunization. The two B-cell supernatants tested also inhibited induction of IL-2 like activity and decreased the ability of spleen cells from the injected mice to respond to allogeneic stimulation. Partial characterization of supernatants from WEHI-231 and 24-666 lymphoma cultures revealed the non-protein nature of the suppressor factor(s), indicated a molecular weight of less than 5 Kd and suggested a ganglioside or a sialyated glycoproteinic nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-747
Number of pages7
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Alloimmunization
  • Immunosuppression by murine lymphoma
  • Mitogenic stimulation
  • Mixed lymphocyte reaction
  • Murine lymphoma


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