Sep 2, 1985

T-cell clones specific for myelin basic protein induce chronic relapsing paralysis and demyelination

S ZamvilL Steinman


Experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) serves as a model for autoimmune diseases mediated by T lymphocytes. Following sensitization to rat, mouse or guinea pig myelin basic protein (MBP) in complete Freund's adjuvant, inbred mouse strains PL/J (H-2u), SJL/J (H-2s) and (PL/J X SJL/J)F1((PLSJ)F1) develop EAE. Whereas sensitization to the N-terminal 37 amino-acid peptide of rat or guinea pig MBP [MBP(1-37)] induces EAE in PL/J mice, immunization to the C-terminal peptide (89-169) leads to EAE in SJL/J mice. The immune response to MBP in (PLSJ)F1 mice is not co-dominant; sensitization to the N-terminal peptide induces EAE, while sensitization to the C-terminal peptide does not. We have generated MBP-specific T-cell clones restricted to class II (Ia) antigens of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) from PL/J and (PLSJ)F1 mice following sensitization to rat MBP. Two such I-Au-restricted T-cell clones that proliferate in response to the encephalitogenic N-terminal MBP peptide and recognize a shared determinant with mouse (self) MBP cause paralysis in 100% of (PLSJ)F1 mice tested. Paralysis is induced even when recipients are injected with as few as 1 X 10(5) cloned T cells. Relapsing paralysis followed in two-thirds of th...Continue Reading

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Immune Response
Todd Paralysis
Carboxy-Terminal Amino Acid
Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis
Entire Central Nervous System
Myelin Basic Proteins

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