Experiments are presented herein that demonstrate the capacity to stimulate human peripheral mononuclear cells to synthesize and secrete significant quantities of IgE molecules in vitro by exposure to appropriate concentrations of 2,4-dinitrophenyl (DNP)-protein conjugates, pokeweed mitogen (PWM), or a combination of DNP-proteins and PWM. Cultures stimulated in this fashion synthesize increased quantities of both total IgE and DNP-specific IgE antibody molecules. This in vitro human IgE antibody system should provide a useful tool for further exploration of regulatory control of IgE responses in both normal humans and those manifesting various forms of IgE-mediated allergic disorders.

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