Nov 1, 1989

In vivo-induced suppression of T cell proliferation: the relationship between the specificity of induction and control

Cellular Immunology
C E MackewiczE Benjamini


We have previously shown that sc immunization of C57BL/10 (H-2b) mice with the tobacco mosaic virus protein (TMVP) or with its tryptic peptide number 8, representing residues 93-112 of TMVP, induces T cells which proliferate in vitro in response to TMVP and to peptide 8. In contrast, immunization of B10.BR (H-2k) mice either with TMVP or with peptide 8 induces T cells which respond in vitro to the homologous but not the heterologous Ag. In the present article , we report that in the B10.BR (H-2k) strain, ip prepriming with (TMVP) 7 days prior to sc immunization with peptide 8 causes a drastic reduction in the in vitro proliferative response of peptide 8-specific T cells while no such effect is seen in the congenic C57BL/10 (H-2b) strain. This suppression of T cell responsiveness can be transferred with TMVP-primed spleen cells. Moreover, deleting T cells from the transferred spleen cells abrogates the suppressive effect. In both H-2 haplotypes, ip prepriming with peptide 8 causes suppression of the proliferative T cell response induced by subsequent immunization with peptide 8. This prepriming has no effect on the response to TMVP immunization of B10.BR mice but does effect the response of C57BL/10 mice. Using various synthetic...Continue Reading

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Protein Measurement
Viral Proteins
Antigenic Specificity
TMV coat protein, Tobacco mosaic virus
Lymphocyte Activation
Lymph Nodes
Visual Suppression
Peptide Fragments

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