The responsiveness to T-dependent (TD) and T-independent (TI) TNP-antigens of murine splenic B cells previously enriched for antigen-binding cells (ABC) was examined. TNP-TI antigens induced B cell proliferation. TNP-TD antigens did not induce a proliferative response regardless of the physical form or nature of the TNP-TD antigen (e.g., soluble vs particulate, low or high haptenation of carrier, TNP on various insoluble matrices, etc.). TNP-TD antigens were effective in enhancing the response of the TNP-ABC to all concentrations of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) tested, indicating that binding of antigen to surface immunoglobulin alters the LPS responsiveness of the cell. Irradiated, keyhole limpet hemocyanin- (KLH) primed T cells induced a threefold to fourfold greater B cell proliferative response with TNP-KLH than with fluoresceinated KLH (FLU-KLH) or FLU-KLH together with TNP-human serum albumin (TNP-HSA). Therefore, linked recognition appears essential for optimal T cell-mediated B cell proliferation, whereas the induction of B cell proliferation via nonlinked, carrier-activated T cells is a minor component of the response.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1983|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy