sIgD-negative B cells from neonatal mice do not respond to the thymus-independent antigen TNP-BA in limiting dilution cultures

S. F. McFadden, E. S. Vitetta

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The majority of B lymphocytes in adult mice express both IgM and IgD on their surface (sIgM and sIgD). A small percentage of sIgM+ splenic B cells lack (or express very low levels of) sIgD. These cells have been termed 'μ-predominant' (μp) B cells. In neonatal mice (5 to 12 days of age), μp B cells account for more than 50% of the sIg+ cells. There is conflicting evidence concerning the immunocompetency of μp cells in vitro. To study this question further, splenocytes from neonatal BALB/c mice were depleted of sIgD+ B cells by a panning procedure. A portion of the nonadherent (μp) cell population was analyzed for residual sIgD+ cells by using indirect immunofluorescence in conjuction with the fluorescence-activated cell sorter (FACS). Such cells were then tested for their responsiveness to the thymus-independent (TI) antigen, trinitrophenyl Brucella abortus (TN-BA), by using a limiting dilution culture system. Results indicate that the depletion of sIgD+ B cells and the decrease in the precursor frequency of splenocytes responding to TNP-BP are very similar, suggesting that virtually all of the responding B cells bear sIgD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1717-1721
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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