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Monoclonal suppressor T-cell factor displaying V H restriction and fine antigenic specificity.

The production of stable T-cell clones is essential for the study of T-cell-derived, specific immunoregulatory products and of specific T-cell receptors. T-cell clones have been established by radiation leukaemia virus (RadLV)-induced transformation of suppressor T lymphocytes specific for hen egg white lysozyme (HEL). We report here that culture supernatant obtained from these T-cell clones can, when injected into mice, specifically suppress the anti-HEL antibody response. This monoclonal T-cell product suppresses the antibody response induced by HEL and human lysozyme, but not that induced by ring-necked pheasant egg white lysozyme ( REL), thus displaying fine antigenic specificity probably restricted to an epitope involving phenylalanine at amino acid residue 3, present in the N-terminal region of HEL and shared by human lysozyme but absent in REL. The suppression induced by this monoclonal T-cell product is restricted by both H-2 and Igh-1 genes whereas anti-HEL antibodies bearing a predominant idiotype are induced in all mice strains tested, irrespective of their H-2 haplotype or Igh-1 allotype.[1]


  1. Monoclonal suppressor T-cell factor displaying V H restriction and fine antigenic specificity. Adorini, L., Pini, C., De Santis, R., Robbiati, F., Doria, G., Ricciardi-Castagnoli, P. Nature (1983) [Pubmed]
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