The nature of the interaction between suppressor and helper T cells in the response to LDH(B)

C. N. Baxevanis, Z. A. Nagy, J. Klein

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Purified Lyt-1+2+ T cells were depleted of alloreactive cells by BUdR and light treatment, and then were primed in vitro against LDH(B) presented on allogeneic APC. Such cells could be restimulated by LDH(B) on the same allogeneic APC, but not by LDH(B) on APC syngeneic with the T cells. The restimulated T cells suppressed the proliferative response of Lyt-1+2- T cells primed and restimulated by the same antigen. The suppression, which was antigen specific, occurred after a 6-hr co-culture of the suppressor (Tse) and proliferating helper (Th) cells. The successful interaction (as measured by suppression) between allogeneic Th and Tse cells was found to be determined by the restriction specificity but not the MHC haplotype of Th cells, and the MHC haplotype but not the restriction specificity of Tse cells. Thus, suppression occurred only when the Tse cells carried genes controlling the MHC molecules that served as restriction elements for antigen recognition by the Th cells, no evidence could be obtained for the participation of APC in the Tse-Th interaction. The data suggest the interaction is based on the recognition by the Th cell of the antigen presented in the context of MHC molecules controlled by the Tse cell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)628-632
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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