PMID: 109502Mar 1, 1979

Further characterization of thymic suppressor cells and a factor that suppress the generation of cells cytotoxic for a syngeneic tumor in DBA/2 mice

The Journal of Immunology : Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
J G LevyD G Kilburn


Antigen-specific suppressor cells and suppressive extracts obtained from the thymuses of DBA/2 mice bearing small syngeneic P815 mastocytomas were compared for their immunogenetic properties and requirements. The assay for specific suppression involved the ability of either cells or extracts to inhibit the primary in vitro cytotoxic response of normal DBA/2 splenocytes to mitomycin-treated P815 cells. It was shown that pretreatment of suooressor cell populations with anti-Iad antiserum plus rabbit complement removed the suppressive activity. Similarly, absorption of the suppressor factor with anti-Iad antiserum removed the suppressive properties of the material. It was found that the suppressor cells, generated in DBA/2 tumor bearers, were capable of specifically suppressing the anti-P815 response of B6D2 F1 radiation chimeras possessing lymphoid cells of the H-2b or H-2t2 haplotype equally as well as they could suppress the response of H-2d-bearing effector cells. This indicates that the suppressor cells are not H-2 restricted with respect to K or D markers on the responder cells in this system.

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