Studies with H-2-congenic and recombinant strains showed that when F1 hybrid T cells were activated to sheep erythrocytes in irradiated mice of parental strain or related strain, a population of helper cells was generated which collaborated only with B cells sharing the K-end of the H-2 complex with the strain used for activation. No evidence was found that the restriction in helper function (a) reflected a deficiency of appropriate macrophages during T-B collaboration, or (b) was influenced by the Ig allotype of the B cells. It was concluded that the results signified restrictions acting at both the level of helper cell induction (presumed to be a reflection of T-macrophage interactions in the irradiated intermediate hosts) and during T-B collaboration. With (CBA X C57BL/6)F1 cells, the restrictions at each level mapped to the same region i.e. to the left of the I-B subregion. Consequently, one gene (or set of genes) might control restriction at both levels. If so, T-cell recognition of major histocompatibility complex-associated antigen on macrophages and on specific B cells would be either identical or very similar. The fact that genes mapping to the K-end of the H-2 complex also control the restrictive interactions of homozygous T cells implies that F1 T cells behave functionally as a mixture of T cells derived from the two parental strains. Positive selection to antigen in parental strain mice appears simply to alter the ratio of these two populations.
Restricted helper function of F1 hybrid T cells positively selected to heterologous erythrocytes in irradiated parental strain mice. II. Evidence for restrictions affecting helper cell induction and T-B collaboration, both mapping to the K-end of the H-2 complex.
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J Sprent; Restricted helper function of F1 hybrid T cells positively selected to heterologous erythrocytes in irradiated parental strain mice. II. Evidence for restrictions affecting helper cell induction and T-B collaboration, both mapping to the K-end of the H-2 complex.. J Exp Med 1 April 1978; 147 (4): 1159–1174. doi: https://doi.org/10.1084/jem.147.4.1159
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