A new method for the isolation of specific immunocompetent lymphocytes has been described in which lymphocyte populations are exposed to fluoresceinated antigens (FLAGs) in vivo or in vitro, and the FLAG-binding cells retained on antifluorescein affinity columns. Specific cells are then eluted with an unrelated FL-labeled protein and shown to be fully immunocompetent. This methodology has been applied successfully in diverse antigenic systems including polymerized flagellin and TNP-specific B cells and alloantigen-reactive cytotoxic T lymphocytes. The method is rapid, inexpensive (requiring only antifluorescein beads), and can be applied to any antigens (or antibodies) in which a fluorescein group can be introduced.

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