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Constitutive and mitogen-induced production of T cell growth factor by stable T cell hybridoma lines.

Stable T cell growth factor- (TCGF; IL 2) producing cloned T cell hybridoma lines were constructed by fusing murine alloantigen-activated T cells with the 8-azaguanine-resistant lymphoma line, BW5147. Many, but not all, clones of one of these hybridomas, i.e., hybridoma 24, secreted TCGF constitutively, but production was markedly enhanced by stimulation with T cell mitogens. Large numbers of TCGF-secreting hybridoma cells in a stable functional state could be obtained from histocompatible mice inoculated with cloned T cell hybridomas. Moreover, such in vivo-derived hybridoma cells could be stimulated sequentially with mitogen at least twice to secrete their biologically-active product, resulting in larger TCGF yields from the same cells. The secreted product of these T cell hybridoma lines resembled TCGF isolated from other cellular sources in that it: a) supported the growth of a TCGF-dependent T cell line; b) provided help for the induction of alloantigen-reactive cytotoxic T lymphocytes from thymocyte precursors; c) facilitated concanavalin A-induced mitogenic responses of low thymocyte numbers; d) had an apparent m.w. of 30,000 to 40,000 by gel filtration chromatography; and e) was eluted from DEAE-Sephacel ion-exchange chromatography columns by salt concentrations of 30 to 150 mM NaCl. The ability of these T cell hybridomas to grow in vivo and retain their functional characteristics in a stable form should prove useful in terms of providing large numbers of TCGF- secreting cells and studying in vivo aspects of the production of TCGF as well as other immunoregulatory mediators.[1]


  1. Constitutive and mitogen-induced production of T cell growth factor by stable T cell hybridoma lines. Altman, A., Sferruzza, A., Weiner, R.G., Katz, D.H. J. Immunol. (1982) [Pubmed]
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