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The immune response to phosphocholine (PC) in many strains of mice is dominated by the T15 idiotype family of anti-PC antibodies. By introducing the CBA/N X-linked immune defect (xid gene) into these mice, one profoundly alters their ability to make a T15-predominant, IgM anti-PC response. This loss of T15 dominance in mice expressing the xid gene is not due to the presence of suppressor T cells or the lack of T15 idiotype-specific helper cells in these mice. Thus, one can reconstitute a T15 idiotype-dominant response in immune defective mice with B cells from normal mice, and in adoptive transfer assays the primed T helper cells from immune-defective mice provide qualitatively the same help to normal B cells as the T helper cells from normal mice. T15 idiotype dominance appears to be controlled by the expression and activation of Lyb-5+ PC-specific B cells. Thus, the majority of T15+ B cell precursors are restricted to this B cell subset, whereas the Lyb-5- B cell subset contains predominantly T15-, anti-PC B cell precursors, which produce mainly IgG antibodies after activation by PC-containing antigens.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950)

Publication Date

10/1982

Volume

129

Pages

1534 - 1538

Keywords

Spleen, B-Lymphocytes, T-Lymphocytes, Animals, Mice, Mice, Mutant Strains, Choline, Phosphorylcholine, Immunoglobulin G, Immunoglobulin M, Immunoglobulin Idiotypes, Lymphocyte Cooperation, Antibody Formation, Male