Rat thymocyte membrane fractions have been prepared which exhibit strain-specific primary mixed-lymphocyte reaction (MLR)-stimulating and Ia (RT1-B) antigenic properties. These preparations lack the antigenicity of classical, serologically-defined RT1-A (Ag-B) antigens, as defined by in vitro serologic assays. Furthermore, after immunization of allogeneic hosts, specific anti-Ia and MLR-blocking antibodies, but not anti-AgB, alloantibodies are elaborated. Thymidine suicide experiments show that the same clones respond to whole cells and the fragments made from those cells, and the response segregates appropriately in F 2 progeny as a major histocompatibility complex (RT1)-linked phenomenon. Hence, it is possible to generate Ia-related allogeneic helper signals in primary, as well as secondary, in vitro responses, using subcellular membrane fragments that have restricted expression of RT1-B-, but not RT1-A-, encoded antigens.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of Experimental Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Jul 1980|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy